Saints trade Jimmy Graham to Seahawks

Just minutes prior to the start of the 2015 NFL league year, the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks negotiated a blockbuster trade that will send tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle.

Per Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Seahaws get Graham and a fourth-round pick in exchange for center Max Unger and a first-round pick.

The move fills a void for the Seahawks, who lacked difference-making pass-catchers on their roster.

Although he battled a shoulder injury in the second half of the season, Graham finished with 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns. While those numbers were considered somewhat of a disappointment for Graham, he would have led the Seahawks in all three of those categories.

Only Dez Bryant (51) has more receiving touchdowns than Graham (46) over the past four seasons. Graham also ranks fifth during that span in receptions (355) and 10th in yards (4,396).

The addition of Graham further boosts the fantasy outlook for Russell Wilson, who scored the third-most fantasy points last season behind only Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck. Of course, the loss of Graham is a huge blow to the fantasy outlook of Drew Brees.

Behind New England's Rob Gronkowski, Graham will (still) be my second-ranked fantasy tight end heading into 2015, but his fantasy value takes a bit of hit. New Orleans averaged the second-most pass attempts (41.2) per game last season and Seattle has averaged the fewest (28.4/G).

In addition, trading Graham makes Josh Hill an interesting sleeper at tight end next season.