Thursday, May 28, 2020

Chicago Bears Sign Veteran Tight End Jimmy Graham

Since launching Elmhurst, IL-based MLE Merchandising & Sign Solutions in 2002, Mike Loftus has grown the brand services company to achieve annual revenue exceeding $40 million. Outside of his work at MLE Merchandising & Sign Solutions, Mike Loftus enjoys following his favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the Chicago Bears.

The Bears top tight end receiver in terms of production in 2019 was Jesper Horsted, who finished 53rd league wide with 14.5 yards per game. Moreover, its leading receiver at the position in terms of total yards, J.P. Holtz, ranked 69th league wide with only 91 receiving yards. In an attempt to address its lack of production from the position, the Bears signed veteran tight end Jimmy Graham to a two-year, $16 million contract on March 16.

In 2019, Graham had the least productive year of his career except for his rookie season in 2010 but still ranked 18th among NFL tight ends with 447 receiving yards. Chicago's six tight ends only combined for 416 receiving yards in 2019.

A five-time Pro Bowl tight end, Graham was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The 10-year veteran registered a career-best mark in yards in 2011 (1,310) and posted a career-high in touchdowns in 2013 (16). Through 153 regular-season games, he has 7,883 receiving yards and 74 touchdowns.