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Veteran tight end Jimmy Graham said Thursday he’s looking forward to playing for the Chicago Bears next season after having positive “conversations” with head coach Matt Nagy.
Graham signed a two-year contract with the Bears for $9 million guaranteed after he was released on March 12 by the Green Bay Packers.
"Obviously, it was a tough pill to swallow," Graham told reporters, according to ESPN. "It was the first time I lost my job. And I work extremely hard. I've sacrificed everything for this game. I've given it everything I have, and obviously to go through that, it was difficult.”
He continued: “Now I have the opportunity to win a bunch of games this year and I'm very grateful for that, and I'm obviously grateful for the opportunity and the friendships I did make just up north there. But for me, it's lit a fire.”
Graham, 33, also told The Athletic on Thursday that signing with the Bears had to do with more than just the big payout.
He said that the “conversations that I had with coach and with (general manager) Ryan Pace and how they use their tight end … were just above and beyond."