The sweetest of sentiments from one underperforming player to another. How adorable. Such a blessing to get out of New Orleans, eh Jimmy? Sure you felt that way a week ago when you were moping in the locker room after having one catch for 8 yards while falling to 0-2? Just a week after you were completely uninvolved in the Seattle offense? New Orleans didn't seem like too bad of an option then, did it? Is Akiem blessed to get out of "there"? The same there that took a chance on you as a player with one year of experience playing football? The same there that paired you with one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL history? The same there that found the best way to utilize your skills in making you one of the biggest matchup nightmares in the sport? The same there that rewarded you handsomely with a $40 million dollar contract which you subsequently didn't live up to? Yeah, thank God Akiem Hicks got out of "there". There must be the reason you were hurt every other day. There must have been the reason that you disaappeared in big games. There must be the reason you are one of the worst blocking tight ends in the NFL. You're quite the revisionist history major Jimmy, because "there" wasn't too goddamn bad when you were on your way to becoming one of the most accomplished tight ends of all time in a Saints uniform.
It may not sound like it, but I actually wish Jimmy Graham and Akiem Hicks the best in their new destinations. They both had their moments in the black & gold, and one point or another, both very critical in helping the Saints win football games. However, those moments became further and farther between. That's on them, not on the team for which they played. Akiem Hicks may be blessed in the sense that he went from an 0-3 team to a 3-0 team, but he's not blessed in the sense that New England is going to revitalize his career. He's simply no longer a good football player, and the fact that he was traded for a 3rd string tight end isn't exactly evidence to the contrary. New Orleans gave Jimmy Graham and Akiem Hicks every opportunity to succeed. It wasn't until they weren't worth their price tag that they were traded. I guess I shouldn't expect Jimmy Graham to understand that. He's never even taking ownership of his own flaws as a player, why would I expect him to have a grasp on others?