Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton released the following statements on the trade that sent Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday:

Loomis: “First off, we would like to thank Jimmy for all that he has done for our organization for the last five seasons. He became a very productive tight end with our team. We wish Jimmy the best of luck in the future. We also want to welcome Max (Unger) to our team. Max has been an instrumental Pro Bowl player with Seattle since being drafted in 2009 in the second round. In addition, with the first round draft pick, we will have the opportunity to impact our team for years to come.”

Payton: “Coming to us from a primary basketball background with limited experience in 2010, Jimmy immediately got to work in the weight room, on the practice field and in the playbook and quickly evolved into one of the top tight ends that I have ever coached. Decisions like these are always difficult and we wish Jimmy the best of luck. We’re excited to add Max to our offensive line. He is a tough, physical player where he blocked for one of the top rushing offenses in the NFL, he has been a solid contributor to Seattle’s success.”