The Houston Texans have exclusive negotiating rights with tight end Garrett Graham for four more days. On March 8, he's able to negotiate with other teams, and the Green Bay Packers reportedly have interest, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2014
Not until March 11 can free agents start signing with other teams, but it's possible the Packers may look to a player like Graham to fill the void should tight ends Jermichael Finley and Andrew Quarless leave in free agency.
At 6-3 and 249 lbs. and 28 years old, Graham is a flexible tight end, able to line up as an H-back as well as play the traditional in-line tight end role.
In his fourth year in the NFL, Graham emerged as a receiving threat for the first time in his career this past season when starter Owen Daniels was slowed by injuries. In 13 games, starting 11, Graham caught 49 passes for 545 yards and five touchdowns.
Graham doesn't figure to break the bank and will more likely be part of the second wave of free-agent signings––should he reach the open market––after the ridiculous money has been spent on the big names.
Quarless, by comparison, is three years younger than Graham but has been slowed by a serious knee injury suffered in 2011 and hasn't been the same player since.
Head coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism at last week's NFL Combine that Finley would be cleared from his own serious neck injury and subsequent spinal-fusion surgery, but there are no guarantees that Finley will return to Green Bay.
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