Report: Graham, Cobb, Bulaga find new teams

Randall Cobb signs with Texans

Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham scores a touchdown on Chicago Bears defensive back Deon Bush on Sept. 5, 2019, at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Bears are looking to a division rival for help at a position of need.

The team has reportedly agreed to sign five-time Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham to a two-year, $16 million contract, ESPN reported Monday, March 16.

A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Graham, who played the previous two seasons with the Green Bay Packers, will earn $9 million in guaranteed money.

The reported move comes four days after Graham's official release by the Packers, who saved $8 million in salary cap savings according to Over The Cap. The Bears, who already had seven tight ends under contract, are searching for improved production at the position after a lackluster 2019 season. Chicago's tight ends combined for an NFL-low 412 receiving yards last season with only two touchdowns, which tied for the fewest in the league.

Graham saw his production dip in recent seasons despite being ranked as the highest-paid tight end in the NFL with an average salary of $10 million. Graham had signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the team in March 2018.


Graham, 33, played two seasons for Green Bay, where his production waned despite being paired with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Graham averaged just 46.5 receptions and 541.5 receiving yards per season with Green Bay, catching only five touchdowns in his two seasons there. Last season, he dipped to 38 catches for 447 yards and three touchdowns.

That production pales in comparison to what Graham produced as one of the league's most prolific pass-catching tight ends over his career. He became a star working with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints from 2010-14, notching three Pro Bowl berths with glossy pass production: two 1,000-yard seasons (including a career-high 99 catches and 1,310 yards in 2011) and three years with 10 or more touchdown receptions. His 16 scoring catches led the NFL in 2013.

Graham was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks before the 2015 season, where he made two more Pro Bowl squads in his three seasons there. A Miami (Fla.) product, Graham has 649 career receptions with 7,883 yards and 74 touchdowns.

Texans sign Cobb

The Houston Texans moved quickly to fill the void created by trading star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday.

Multiple media outlets reported late Monday night that the Texans and free agent wide receiver Randall Cobb agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract. According to, he will make a guaranteed $18.75 million.

Cobb spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys, who on Monday agreed to re-sign wide receiver Amari Cooper on a five-year, $100 million deal.

Hopkins was sent to Arizona along with a 2020 fourth-round draft pick in exchange for running back David Johnson plus a 2020 second-round choice and a 2021 fourth-round selection.

Cobb, 29, has been selected to one Pro Bowl, after the lone 1,000-yard receiving season of his career, in 2014. In contrast, Hopkins and Cooper are each four-time Pro Bowl honorees.


In 2019, Cobb made 55 catches for 828 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games (six starts) for Dallas. He spent the previous eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers before landing with the Cowboys in a one-year, $5 million free agent contract.

In 120 NFL games (79 starts), Cobb has 525 receptions for 6,352 yards and 44 touchdowns. He also served as a punt returner and kick returner regularly his first two pro seasons, and he has appeared in those roles sporadically in recent years.

The Packers made Cobb a second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Kentucky.

Bulaga to Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers might not know who their quarterback will be come next season, but that didn't stop them from providing some big-time protection for their signal caller in 2020.

According to multiple reports Tuesday, the team reached agreement with free agent offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. NFL Network and ESPN reported the contract for Bulaga, formerly of the Packers, is for three years and $30 million.

It would be the second major addition to the offensive line by the Chargers this offseason, following the trade earlier this month that sent tackle Russell Okung to Carolina in exchange for five-time Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner.

As news of the Bulaga deal was breaking, reports also surfaced that longtime Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers — owner of most franchise passing records — agreed to a free agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

As for Bulaga, he spent 10 years in Green Bay after the Packers took him in the first round — 23rd overall — out of Iowa in 2010. He turns 31 on Saturday.


He has played in 115 games, starting 111 of them. He played in all 16 games in a season three times in Green Bay, including last season. He missed two games in 2018 after missing 11 games in 2017, most of them following a torn ACL suffered in November that season.

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