Jimmy Graham just got his new paycheck from the New Orleans Saints, but future Hall Of Fame TE Tony Gonzalez believes that Graham is still underpaid. Here is what Gonzalez told For The Win:
“You look at the production and numbers he’s put up, even after the deal he got today, which I’m sure he’s happy about and he should be. Ten million dollars [per year],” newly retired 14-time Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez told For The Win Tuesday at a photo shoot for CBS’ The NFL Today, which he’ll join this September.
“If you look at the numbers and production and what he means to that team, I think he’s underpaid still. If you compare him to all the other elite receivers around the league and leading the league with 16 touchdowns, 1200 yards and 14 yards per catch. That’s an elite receiver and he should be paid like one. Just because he’s a tight end and that’s the name of his position he’s going to be paid less. I don’t think that’s fair.”
Gonzalez knows the grind that the tight ends have to go through during the season. Graham is playing the position of a tight end, but has the production of any other receiver in the game.
The contract is signed and Graham will have to work at the underpaid rate. The Saints are happy with it and Graham will have to be happy with it for a few years.