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To no surprise, Jimmy Graham isn’t returning to Seattle.

To some surprise, he is instead signing with the Green Bay Packers, according to multiple reports Tuesday afternoon. Graham was reported to have agreed to a three-year deal, though financial terms had not yet been revealed.

While the Packers had been mentioned as a possible suitor for Graham, there had been a growing thought in the last day or so that he would return to his old home in New Orleans.

Instead, he will join Aaron Rodgers with the Packers as Green Bay for the three straight year takes a shot at a high-profile free agent tight end — the Packers signed Martellus Bennett a year ago and Jared Cook two years ago with neither working out and the Packers remaining in the market for a receiving tight end.

It’s been thought for a while now that Graham would not be back in Seattle and it’s not thought Graham gave much consideration to staying or that Seattle made a real aggressive effort to make him stay. The team declined to place a franchise tag on Graham that would have meant paying him more than $15 million in 2018 — he had made $10 million a season the last four years when he was the highest-paid tight end in the NFL each year.

And with Graham moving on, the curtain closes on one of the biggest trades in Seattle history but one that never really worked out the way either side anticipated.

Richardson to sign with Washington

Count Paul Richardson as the first of the Seahawks’ 16 unrestricted free agents to move on as the NFL Network reported Tuesday morning he will sign a five-year, $40 million contract with Washington.

The deal reportedly includes $20 million guaranteed and represents a significant payday for the player who was Seattle’s first pick in the 2014 draft, taken in the second round at number 45 overall.

Richardson confirmed he will be moving on with a thank you note to the Seahawks and Seattle fans posted on Instagram Tuesday afternoon, concluding “Gonna miss that blue and green.”

Richardson finished his original Seattle rookie contract — a four-year, $4.7 million deal — last season when he had the best year of his career with 44 receptions for 703 yards and six touchdowns, and maybe most importantly a 16.0 yards per reception average which marked him as one of the best deep threats available in free agency this year.

Richardson had a halting start to his Seattle career with just 51 catches for 599 yards and two touchdowns in his first three seasons, due in part to suffering an ACL injury in a playoff game in 2014 and then a hamstring injury when he returned in 2015, which limited him to one game that season.

Packers release Nelson

Aaron Rodgers is losing his most prolific receiver but might be getting an upgrade at tight end.

The Green Bay Packers released veteran Jordy Nelson, the third-leading receiver in franchise history and one of Rodgers’ top targets in the passing game.

The Packers announced the move Tuesday, a day before teams can begin to sign free agents.

Nelson had 550 receptions and 69 touchdown catches in 10 seasons in Green Bay. But his production declined last season with Rodgers sidelined much of the year by a collarbone injury.

Another Vikings quarterback has moved on as Minnesota focuses on Kirk Cousins.

Bradford agrees to terms with Arizona

Sam Bradford has agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals, according to an ESPN report. His one-year deal is worth up to $20 million, including $15 million guaranteed and an additional one-year option for $20 million.

The 30-year-old Bradford is coming off his third surgery on a troublesome left knee after starring in the Vikings’ season-opening win against the Saints. His knee was described as healthy, but “degenerative” last month by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

The expected move ends Bradford’s two seasons with the Vikings. He was traded to Minnesota in September 2016 and started 15 games that season after Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury.

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