Jimmy Graham was as shocked as everyone else when he learned that he was being traded to the Seattle Seahawks.
“I was actually on a beach down in Florida when I got the call from Sean Payton letting me know that I had just been traded,” Graham said during a conference call with Seattle media. “I was just working out and kind of doing my offseason thing, and next think I know I’m a Seahawk.”
Graham was traded to Seattle earlier this week along with a fourth-round draft pick in exchange for center Max Unger and a first-round pick.
He said that he spoke with general manager Mickey Loomis last month and was discussing the 2015. He had no indication that he might be moved and said the trade was “definitely out of left field.”
“So for me it was a moment of shock, but once that shock cleared, I realized that I was going to the best team in football,” Graham said.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has said he models his game after Graham’s former quarterback, Drew Brees, but the tight end said he views them as being different players.
“Russell really will run with the ball,” Graham said. Drew will really, really stand in the pocket no matter what. He rarely, rarely runs it.
“So I was watching a lot of film where Russell will ends up kind of breaking out of the pocket and really that’s when he’s scary and when coverages are broken down and you have to respect him as a runner because he’s so good at it and he’s able to get these shots down the field and these huge, game-changing plays, so I’m really looking forward to really seeing that for the first time because Drew really is a pocket passer.”