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Michael Bennett calls Jimmy Graham overrated

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The NFL off-season is in full flow and despite the biggest moments so far having come on the opening day of free agency, there is still plenty left to come.

We are three weeks away from the NFL draft and the pre-season schedule has just been announced with excitement building ahead of a new season.

In the madness of free agency, several big name trades took place that literally rocked the NFL to its core in a space of several hours.

One of the biggest trades of free agency was undoubtedly Jimmy Graham's move from the New Orleans Saints to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Saints pro-bowl tight-end moving out of Louisiana came as a shock to everyone with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson finally getting a top receiver to aim at.

Despite the heartbreak amongst Saints fans for losing one of their biggest names and the jubilation amongst Seahawks fans at their new arrival, one man in Seattle isn't excited at the news.

Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has spoken about the newest Seattle player and has maintained his previous criticism of Graham.

When the Seahawks overcame the Saints in their 2014 Super Bowl run, Bennett labelled Graham as 'overrated' and called him one of the 'softest players in the league'.

"I still feel the same way, just because he's on my team I don't stop feeling that way." - Bennett on his feelings towards Graham

Talking to ESPN Seattle, Bennett has shown that his attitudes towards the pro-bowler haven't changed in the year since that divisional round play-off win over the Saints.

Perhaps Bennett is just trying to keep the rivalry between offense and defense alive as the Seahawks prepare to start their off-season workouts.

Whatever the reason, the controversial comments could always cause some problems within the Seahawks locker room.

The missing piece?

Bennett's opinions aside, Graham's arrival gives Seahawks fans a reason to be excited and every other NFL team's fans reason to be afraid.

Graham will stand above current Seahawks receivers such as Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Super Bowl surprise performer Chris Matthews as the Seahawks highest rated receiver.

Graham will be the first top receiver Wilson has had to throw to since entering the league in 2012 and will now form a new big three in the NFL alongside Wilson and runningback Marshawn Lynch.

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