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Jimmy Graham will not be returning to the Seahawks in 2018.That makes thefive-time Pro Bowler the best tight end on the NFL free agency open market.With Seattle turning the page offensively to Brian Schottenheimer and having a ton of salary-cap i sues, there's no way the team can afford to re-sign Graham. At 31, Grahamstill will likely cost another team up to $8 million per season in what might be the final contract of his pro career.Graham's name has been bandied about for the cap-rich 49ers and Bears. But both San Francisco (George Kittle) and Chicago (Adam Aaron Donald Jersey  Shaheen)have second-year athletes they likeat the position. Each team is a few moves away from becoming a contender, but not using that money at other positions of need and going for the luxury of Grahamis unwise.NFL FREE AGENCY:Top 25 players; best by positionThe profile of a Graham suitor instead should be more like the Seahawks  a team that considers itselfan established playoff contender. Graham has slowed down a little as a field-stretcher, but at 6-7, 265 pounds, he remains a red-zone monster, catching 10 TDs in 2017 as part of his 57 receptions for 520 yards.He also continues to provide little as a blocker, so the team that signs himhas to live with him being a specific kind of receiving threat. Keeping all that in mind, here are the six most intriguing teams for Graham going forward.Houston TexansWide receiver DeAndre Hopkins already made his slightly aggre sive pitch for Graham on Instagram, teasing Texans fans with how good Graham would look in their uniform. Hopkins is right to think this way; tight end is a bigger need for Houston than it might seem.The Texans saw this position devastatedby concu sions last season, to the point top carryover option C.J. Fiedorowicz mightretire. Ryan Griffin also had to go on injured reserve late in the season with similar i sues.Given some opportunity, Stephen Anderson flashed his promise as an athlete in 2017but is by no means a reliable receiver yet at age 25.The team ranked No. 20 in red-zone production last season Women's Todd Gurley Game Jersey . With Deshaun Watson back, Graham would be a big help in scoring position, and he wouldplay well off the speed of Hopkins and Will Fuller on intermediate routes in the spread.The Texans canafford this move, as only five teams have more cap room than their $56 million-plus. It's about time Bill O'Brien had this kind of impact target at the position.Graham would be a niceextra second-year security blanket for Watson.New England PatriotsThe Patriots will at least think this one over. Rob Gronkowski is still unlikely to retire to pursue other non-football endeavors. But that's about the only thing the team knows at tight end in 2018.Pure blockerDwayne Allen, owed $5 million for 2018,is a likely salary-cap casualty after only one season. There's also a good chance the team saves another $6.2 million by parting ways with soon to be 31-year-old Martellus Bennett.So New England Tre Mason Jersey  will need to fill that position in some way, and it could view Graham as a much splashier version of Scott Chandler from 2015. It would bea downright luxury move for the AFC champions, but with Josh McDaniels sticking around, the Patriots should want to create more danger in their two tight end sets, especially in the red zone. Call it insane, call it genius, but a bold Graham move would represent both.NFL FREE AGENCY:Seahawks enter new eraGreen Bay PackersMartellus Bennett didn't work outlast year as a replacement for Jared Cook. Here's the chance for the Packers do their limited bit of free-agencysplurging with Aaron Rodgers Ndamukong Suh Jersey  most in mind. After what Graham has done with Drew Brees and Ru sell Wilson, he can stick with a top-flight pa ser on a team that expects to competefor aSuper Bowl.It's unlikely the Packersgive Graham the three-year, $21 million pact they gave Bennett. The big hurdle iswhether Graham would be willing to play on a short-term deal.Baltimore RavensThe Ravens, with a little more than $2 million in cap space, wouldneed to make a few expected cuts to fit Graham. But with Benjamin Watson entering either free agency or retirement at age 37, there's a void to reinstall pop at the position for Joe Flacco.Baltimore had a top-10 red zone offense because of its power running game, but it could use another, more dynamic receiving threat for all over the field.MOCK DRAFT 2018:Giants, Browns rebrand offensesAtlanta FalconsThe Falcons' red-zone offense could use a quick boost as their playoff window remainsopen.Austin Hooper hasn't yet explodedas a receiver as expected, and Levine Toilolo is a pure blocker. Matt Ryan could another use  Cooper Kupp Jersey another veteran finisher in the Tony Gonzalez mold with the team still struggling to get Julio Jones in the end zone consistently.Jones and Graham together snap after snap would cause a matchup nightmare for defenses. It wouldn't hurt thatGraham would be back doing damage in the NFC South, this time twice against the Saints.New Orleans SaintsLast but not leastis the team for which Graham played first. The Saints do needtight end help, butthey mightprefer to getit with the long term in mind via the draft. They are sitting on more than $32 million of cap space, and there's no questionGraham would still fit in their offense with Brees and Sean Payton.When Graham was traded to the Seahawks from the Saints in 2015, it was more about busine s than hard feelings, as he netted both center Max Unger and a first-round draft pick. The timing lines up with a potential welcome reunion for both sides.

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