Patriots listed as a potential free agency landing spot for Jimmy Graham

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The New England Patriots have a need at tight end as they enter the NFL offseason. Following Rob Gronkowski’s retirement last offseason, the team has struggled to find a legitimate starter. There could be an intriguing target for them in free agency.

Bleacher Report predicted awhile back that Jimmy Graham would be released by the Green Bay Packers. That has since been reported to be true and the Patriots were listed as one of the top potential landing spots for him.

The New England Patriots, who failed to find a replacement for the retired Rob Gronkowski last season, would be an obvious choice, though they too may look to go younger.

Obviously, the Patriots could turn to a younger free agent like Jacob Hollister, Austin Hooper, or even Hunter Henry if he doesn’t get franchise tagged. However, if Tom Brady decides to re-sign, bringing Graham in for a year or two would make a lot of sense at the right price.

Graham signed the Packers a couple offseasons back, but failed to live up to the hype. He wasn’t terrible, but the team needs more at tight end for Aaron Rodgers.

New England’s offense would fit Graham much better. He still has top-notch size and has some athleticism and speed left in him. Playing with Brady, who loves utilizing his tight ends, would make sense for him as he looks to finish his career strong.

Last season with the Packers, Graham caught 38 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns. He only received 60 targets all season long. New England would likely give him more opportunity than that.

Expect to see the Patriots at least check in on the price for Graham. They may not end up signing him, but interest in him would make sense. Graham and Brady would make for an intriguing duo to watch.