Jimmy Graham’s deleted tweet to ex-Saints teammate: ‘Feel blessed u got out of there’
Tight end Jimmy Graham said publicly he harbored no hard feelings toward the New Orleans Saints following his offseason trade to the Seattle Seahawks.
One might be hard-pressed to believe the three-time Pro Bowl tight end after he sent a tweet on Wednesday to former teammate Akiem Hicks, who was traded by the Saints to the New England Patriots earlier in the day.
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— Christopher Dabe (@cmdabe) October 1, 2015
Graham’s message to Hicks was pretty succinct: "feel blessed u got out of there," he wrote in a Twitter posting that he deleted shortly afterward.
Jimmy Graham said “so blessed you got out of there” in tweeting to Akiem Hicks. Quickly deleted.
— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) October 1, 2015
Maybe Graham meant the tweet to go to Hicks in the form of a direct message, but it quickly got the attention of the local media in New Orleans.
Graham appeared to reference the stir with another tweet on Thursday morning, wishing his Twitter followers a great week and saying he’s "Feeling blessed this morning!"
Feeling blessed this morning! Hope everyones having a great week.
— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) October 1, 2015
Graham established himself as one of the game’s premier tight ends during his five-year tenure with the Saints, catching at least 85 passes in each of his last four seasons. But he also had a highly publicized squabble with the team in 2014 when he unsuccessfully demanded to be designated as a wide receiver, which would have boosted his salary by more than $5 million per season under the NFL’s franchise tag system.