Saints tight end Jimmy Graham: 'I didn't get into football for litigation'
The ongoing legal and financial drama between the New Orleans Saints and star tight end Jimmy Graham came to an end on Tuesday when Graham signed a mega-deal with the team for four years and worth $40 million. This happened after the debate whether Graham should be paid as a tight end or a wide receiver.
Graham told the Saints' website on Tuesday, he wasn't a fan of the legal process that played out.
“I’m beyond excited,” Graham said Tuesday night. “I didn’t get into football to learn litigation. I got into football to win games with my teammates, friends and coaches. I am extremely happy to get back to what it’s really about.”
With the contract dispute behind him, Graham wants to bring a Lombardi Trophy back to New Orleans.
“When I look around, I see these other teams winning rings,” said Graham. “I see guys holding a trophy that I don’t have. That’s the thing I want most. I want to help bring another Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans. It’s what I first walked into. When I arrived at the Saints facility as a rookie, the Lombardi Trophy was staring at me in the face. It motivated me and remains my main motivation. The contract doesn’t change that. I still have my personal and team goals. I am focused more than ever on accomplishing those goals.”
- Jack Jorgensen