Jimmy Graham, the newest tight end on the Bears, is definitely motivated to soon play for Chicago.
In a teleconference Thursday with 670 The Score, Graham explained the reasoning behind signing a two-year, $16 million deal, crediting GM Ryan Pace's rebuild of the team.
Jimmy Graham: "Chicago deserves a Super Bowl. They haven't had one since 1985. Now is the time, with the kind of team that Ryan Pace has built. ... That's why I wanted to be in Chicago."— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) March 26, 2020
Graham said the city deserves a Super Bowl — with the last one (Super Bowl XX) played in January 1986 — and believes now is the time to achive that goal.
"You have a team that's hungry to win, hungry to improve and hungry to get back to the playoffs and make a chase at a ring," Graham told The Score. "That's what was attractive to me from what I saw on the outside."
Graham, who became a superstar tight end for the New Orleans Saints earlier in his career, has never won a Super Bowl, and believes now is the time to do it. He was drafted in July 2010 by the Saints after the team won its first Super Bowl in February for the 2009 season. He got close earlier this year with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Championship, but the team lost to the San Francisco 49ers. Graham was then let go by the Packers.
The 33-year-old showed signs of decline last season, catching 38 of 60 targets for 447 yards — the lowest totals of his career since his rookie year. Despite that, Graham has five Pro Bowls under his belt and has proved to be a dominant threat in the red zone over his career.
Chicago needs another "Super Bowl Shuffle". Can you help us out, Jimmy?