Rams no longer have to worry about Jimmy Graham in NFC West

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With Jimmy Graham joining the Green Bay Packers, the Los Angeles Rams no longer have to worry about the tight end in the NFC West.

The official start of free agency doesn’t even begin until Wednesday afternoon, but the Los Angeles Rams have already seen a handful of moves that are going to impact the NFC West, whether it was Richard Sherman joining the San Francisco 49ers or Sam Bradford signing with the Arizona Cardinals. Turns out, Jimmy Graham can be added to the list of key moves that impact the division since it turns out the tight end will be playing with a different team than the Seattle Seahawks in 2018.

Numerous teams expected interest in signing Graham due to his ability as one of the league’s most effective pass-catching tight ends, and it looks like the Green Bay Packers are the big winners of the sweepstakes, which is absolutely terrifying to think about. Aaron Rodgers was already fortunate enough to work with a trio of receivers led by Davante Adams, but the addition with Graham’s skills should take this Packers’ offense to a whole new level.

Even though he was never able to live up to the hype as a blocker, Graham would eventually work his way into becoming a reliable target in the red zone for Russell Wilson over the last couple of years, and replacing him isn’t going to be easy for the Seahawks. For a team that had already been going through plenty of adjustments on the defensive side of the football to take on a younger approach, the loss of Graham just adds to the list of holes to fill for Seattle, as they hope to find reliable replacements in both free agency and the upcoming NFL Draft.

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As bad as it sounds, the loss of Graham only benefits the Rams even more when it comes to remaining ahead of the Seahawks in the NFC West standings, as Sean McVay and company have their eyes set on winning the division title for the second year in a row. But even if Seattle’s chances of taking back the division seem slim after all of these moves from the past couple of weeks, let’s not forget San Francisco seems determined to give Los Angeles a run for their money when looking at how much they’ve improved on both sides of the football.