CHARLOTTE NC - SEPTEMBER 19: Earnest Graham #34 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by Richard Marshall #31 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 19 2010 in Charlotte North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Earnest Graham has been a valuable member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the past nine years, but sadly his time in the NFL appears to be coming to an end. His contract with the Buccaneers has ended and in an interview with news-press.com the running back says that "it is likely that I may have already played my last game." The 32-year-old running back suffered a knee injury during game 7 of the 2012 season, which was played in London against the Chicago Bears. That injury ended his season, and it may now have ended his career.
Over the years, Earnest Graham has been exceedingly valuable part of the team. An every-man who did whatever the team needed him to do, and did all of it well: he ran the ball when asked, served as a lead-blocker when asked, played special teams when asked - he did it all. Despite only being called upon as a runner when the Bucs had no other options left, he still collected nearly 3,000 yards from scrimmage and ran for a respectable 4.3 yards per carry average over his career. Graham was a workhorse in the truest sense: give him something to do, and he would carry out the work.
For much of the past few years, Graham was the most reliable running back on the team in whatever the team asked him to do. Now, they'll have to figure out a way to replace his reliability with a group of new guys.