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