According to Rapoport, the Dolphins were aggressive in trying to upgrade at the tight end position, and were trying to get a deal in place that would have brought Graham to Miami.
New Orleans ultimately traded Graham and a fourth-round pick to the Seahawks for C Max Unger and their first-round selection at the start of free agency a few weeks ago.
The Dolphins responded by signing former Browns TE Jordan Cameron to a two-year contract, and still attempted to retain TE Charles Clay. However, the Bills were successful in putting together an offer sheet that forced the Dolphins to move on.
Miami has said that they’re comfortable moving forward with Cameron and Dion Sims as their top-two tight ends, but there’s still a chance they could consider grabbing a prospect in the draft if they feel it’s a solid value.
Graham, 28, just signed a four-year, $40 million contract that included $20.9 million guaranteed with the Saints in July of last year.
He stands to make base salaries of $2.9 million (2015), $8.9 million (2016), and $7.9 million (2017) over the remaining three years of the agreement.
Last year, Graham appeared in 16 games for the Saints and caught 85 passes for 889 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.