Tight end Jimmy Graham won’t say whether or not he’s mulling over an offer for a renewed contract from the New Orleans Saints. But on Saturday he called New Orleans “a great organization” that he is “blessed” to be a part of.
“That whole situation isn’t important to me right now,” Graham told media asking him to comment on a recent Pro Football Talk report that he had not responded to an offer for a new deal with the Saints. “I’m going to go out and play football ... to the best of my abilities, and the rest will take care of itself.”
Graham no doubt has been playing to the best of his abilities. He’s caught 23 passes for 358 yards and four touchdowns, making him the most productive tight end in the NFL and helping the Saints to a 3-0 start.
Pundits expect that Graham could become the best-paid tight end in league history, with a market value of about $10 million a year on average. But on Saturday, Graham, in the last year of his rookie contract, said he felt he still had “a lot to prove and a lot to show.”
“For me, it really is all football,” Graham said. “I’m going to try to do all I can to put this team in the best situation to win.”
Graham laughed when a reporter pointed out that, after each of his touchdown catches, fans flooded social media and demanded that the Saints “pay” the tight end. He joked, “I get paid every two weeks here — I’m not sure what everybody is talking about.”
The Saints selected the 6-foot-7, 265-pound Graham out of Miami in the third round of the 2010 draft. He was a starter in the Pro Bowl in his second year.
He’s caught a total of 238 passes for 3,006 yards and 29 touchdowns. He holds the record for most touchdowns by a Saints tight end.
“I definitely owe a lot to this organization,” Graham said. “I feel blessed to be in the situation I’m in and just blessed to be here.”