5 takeaways from the start of NFL free agency

The first official day of the NFL league year exceeded expectations. Not only did free agency officially get underway, but three blockbuster trades grabbed the attention of us all.

Here are five takeaways from the start of NFL free agency:

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2. Graham traded to the Seahawks

The Saints sent All-World tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle for center Max Unger and a first-round pick in 2015.

It’s a salary cap-driven move for New Orleans, which owns one of the worst situations in the league. It’s a game-changer for the two-time defending NFC champs, though.

The Seahawks are getting one of — if not the best — pass-catching tight end in all the NFL in Graham. He immediately bolsters the team’s red-zone offense and gives Russell Wilson a unique weapon to spark the passing game. When split out wide in 2014, Graham hauled in 67 passes for 709 yards and 10 touchdowns, according to ESPN Stats & Info. In contrast, Seattle’s leading wide receiver Doug Baldwin had 66 receptions.

Though Graham won’t do much when it comes to blocking for Marshawn Lynch, he’s a wide receiver playing at the tight end position, a strength only a handful of teams can take claim to having.

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