Chicago Bears veteran tight finish Jimmy Graham is counting his blessing after strolling away “unscathed” from a automotive accident Thursday morning.
Concern for Graham’s wellbeing briefly swirled on-line early Thursday night time after Andy Slater of Fox Sports activities 640 in South Florida reported the 34-year-old Bears tight finish had been concerned in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Miami earlier within the morning. He was clear Graham had not been injured and “didn’t even need to be checked out by the paramedics” in an accident that was not thought of to be his fault.
Minutes later, Graham corroborated Slater’s report along with his personal tweet to reassure followers:
Simply wished to get forward of this and inform everyone I’m tremendous. Was in an accident this morning making an attempt to keep away from a disabled car within the middle lane. I walked away from it unscathed. Blessings
— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) March 4, 2021
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Graham’s Future Unclear in Chicago
Graham was a little bit of an ill-received signing final offseason when the Bears agreed to pay him a two-year, $16 million contract with a no-trade clause. He was coming off two underwhelming seasons with the Inexperienced Bay Packers and had been launched a yr earlier than his contract was set to run out for salary-cap reduction, trying to be a declining veteran along with his finest years behind him.
Graham, nevertheless, proved from the onset of the 2020 season that there was loads nonetheless left in his tank. He caught a rally-igniting landing cross from Mitchell Trubisky within the Bears’ season opener and had scored one other eight touchdowns by the top of their quick postseason run. He additionally gained a primary down on 64% of his 50 receptions, ending with 456 receiving yards and practically 200 yards after catch to carry stability to the Bears’ tight finish room.
Sadly, none of it’d assist Graham keep away from changing into a cap casualty as soon as once more this offseason. Based on Over the Cap, the Bears nonetheless have to clear about $2.eight million in cap house earlier than the beginning of the brand new league yr on March 17, however far more might be wanted for them to handle different elements of their roster — similar to buying a brand new beginning quarterback or extending/franchise-tagging extensive receiver Allen Robinson.
It might not be straightforward given his 2020 efficiency, however the Bears might create about $7 million in cap financial savings by releasing Graham this offseason. He’s at the moment set to hold a cap hit of $10 million via the 2021 season and would depart behind a dead-cap hit of simply $three million, a better tablet to swallow with 2020 second-round tight finish Cole Kmet able to step into a bigger function for the offense.
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