BY SPNW Staff 09:33AM 03/16/2018

Seahawks replace TE Graham with Ed Dickson

After free agent TE Jimmy Graham left for Green Bay, the Seahawks signed former Duck Ed Dickson, who started at Carolina after Greg Olsen was injured.

The Seahawks have signed TE Ed Dickson to replace Jimmy Graham.

The Seahawks Thursday found a replacement for tight end Jimmy Graham, reaching agreement on a three-year deal with Ed Dickson, who played last year with the Carolina Panthers and is coming off his best season. According to the NFL Network, Dickson will receive $14 million, with the first year fully guaranteed.

Dickson, 30, became Carolina’s primary tight end last year after Pro Bowler Greg Olson went down with a foot injury. Dickson caught 30 passes for 437 yards and one touchdown. He had his best game against Detroit — five receptioms for 175 yards. Prior to 2017, the 6-foot-4, 244-pounder had gone five consecutive seasons with 25 or fewer catches.

His best year came in 2011 with the Baltimore Ravens when Dickson caught 54 passes for 528 yards and five touchdowns. In eight seasons, Dickson has 178 catches for 1,985 yards and 12 TDs. Graham, an unrestricted free agent who bolted to Green Bay earlier this week, caught 10 TDs in 2017.

Although he is not much of a pass catcher, Pro Football Focus graded Dickson as its top pass-protecting tight end in 2017. He will also be an upgrade over Graham in the running game.

Dickson attended the University of Oregon and was a third-round pick (70th overall) by the Ravens in 2010.


Free agents signed

Date Player Pos. ’17 AAV New Deal
Mar 14 Barkevious Mingo DE $3.4M 2 years, $6.8M
Mar 16 Ed Dickson TE $1.95M 3 years, $14M

Free agents retained

Date Player Pos. ’17 AAV New Deal
Mar 14 B. McDougald S $1.8M 3 years, $13.95M
Mar 14 Dion Jordan DE $366K 1 year, $1.9M
Mar 14 Justin Coleman CB $615K 1 year, $2.9M

Free agents lost

Date Player Pos. ’17 AAV New Deal
Mar 14 Jimmy Graham TE $10M 3 years, $30M
Mar 14 Paul Richardson WR $1.4M 5 years, $40M
Mar 13 DeShawn Shead CB $1.2M 1 year, $3.5M
Mar 14 Thomas Rawls RB $615K Non-tendered
Mar 14 Mike Davis RB $615K Non-tendered

Remaining free agents

Date Player Pos. AAV 2017 Season/Skinny
—– Luke Joeckel LG 8M Missed 5 games with injuries
—– Eddie Lacy RB 4.25M Bust: 179 yards, 0 TDs
—– S. Richardson DT 3.6M Hot commodity after solid year in SEA
—– Luke Willson TE 1.8M Value jumps if Graham leaves
—– Michael Wilhoite LB 1.55M Best beard on team
—– Blair Walsh K 1.1M Eight FG misses
—– Marcus Smith DE 990K A serviceable backup
—– Oday Aboushi RG 975K Played 8 games before injury
—– Matt Tobin LT 862K Played sparingly
—– Terence Garvin LB 855K Solid special teamer
—– Austin Davis QB 855K Played two snaps, but a veteran
—– Byron Maxwell CB 755K Played well in spurts



  • jafabian

    If the Hawks don’t re-sign Willson I’d like to see the club go after Anthony Fasano or Tyler Eifert.

  • Ron

    How refreshing, a tight end who will block. But, 30.

    • Centiorari

      Teams often pick up one receiving tight end and one blocking tight end, although the dream is to have both have a complete skill-set. We currently have 2 blocking TE who we hope will be enough of a receiving threat to keep the defense honest. Hopefully this is an indicator of more 2 TE sets and not a lack of confidence in Vannett, because under Bevel we didn’t use 2 TE sets very often.

  • Centiorari

    Really want to see the structure of this contract. I have a hard time seeing him producing 3 years later at age 33. paying him just under 5 mil a year is fine this year but will be cumbersome toward the end when we have more players to “pay.” Hope for a front loaded contract with no dead money in years 2 and 3. Strange signing, dump some aging players but then pick up another.

  • 1coolguy

    Someone, anyone, please enlighten me with what Willson’s shortcomings are. Every year we want to improve this position, trading for a stiff like Graham and giving away our pro-bowl center and 1st round draft choice, drafting Vannett, and now trading for this guy. I haven’t seen a shortcoming in Willson’s game – he ran the 40 as fast as Graham, he BLOCKS well, which this horrible OL needs help with, he was the same weight and 1 inch shorter than Graham, and he seems to catch the balls, albeit few and far between, that he is thrown. So I am lost – what is the knock on this guy?

    • Centiorari

      Good question, the coaches don’t seem interested in giving him more play time. Perhaps his shortcoming is that he fails to excel at one thing and the scheme or coaches really wanted something to be done well on that play, receiving or blocking. It does feel like we never really got his full potential tapped but I’m sure another team will.

    • Ron

      Can’t point to anything, but can tell you Willson just left Detroit without a deal. That makes Seattle, Jax, Carolina, and now Detroit as not interested.