When it was revealed that Jimmy Graham had been traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, the NFL world went into complete shock.
Graham himself was shocked too, when he heard the news that he was leaving New Orleans after five years in the city.
Graham was speaking to a conference call of Seattle reporters, where he revealed that he genuinely had no idea that he was going to be traded.
"I was just working out and kind of doing my offseason thing, and next thing I know I’m a Seahawk," Graham said, according to Curtis Crabtree of KJR.
Saints head coach Sean Payton didn't immediately tell Graham he was being dealt to Seattle. Graham admitted that his mind began to wonder if he'd been dealt to Oakland or Jacksonville; two of the worse teams in the league but ones that had substantial room under the salary cap to add a star player of Graham's caliber and contract.
But as soon a Peyton revealed that the big tight end would be heading off to Seattle, one of the best in the NFL, Graham was relieved and extremely excited.
"When he told me Seattle, it definitely put a grin on my face," Graham said. "I’ve had some battles clearly against their defense the last couple of years. We’ve struggled against them as a team as a whole. It’s probably the one game as a player you always look forward to because they’re always so good and it’s usually a prime-time game.
"So for me it was a moment of shock, but once that shock cleared, I realized that I was going to the best team in football."
The Seahawks are in a much better position now than they were going in to the Super Bowl that's for sure. The Patriots showed in SB49 that having that presence like a Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham can be the difference between winning and losing.
At least Russell Wilson will have a decent red zone target now, and Graham has a much better chance of getting a ring in Seattle than he did in New Orleans, who are now going all out with a complete overhaul of the roster, Eagles style.