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Jimmy Graham to file grievance if Saints franchise tag him as a tight end

02/18/2014 at 6:20 am By

Jimmy-GrahamJimmy Graham has thrived with the New Orleans Saints as a versatile tight end/wide receiver over the years, but having him line up all over the line of scrimmage may end up costing them a few million dollars.

According to NFL.com’s Ian Rappoport, Graham will file an immediate grievance against the Saints if they try to designate him with the franchise tag for tight ends. The difference in being tagged as a tight end or as a wide receiver is a pretty significant one; a player tagged as a tight end would be due an estimated salary of $6.8 million while franchised wide receivers would be paid $11.6 mil.

Last season, Graham led the NFL with 16 touchdowns in addition to catching 86 passes for 1,215 yards while lining up in the slot, on the outside as well as in the traditional tight end position. Unless the Saints can work out a fair deal that would pay Graham as receiver overall, they could be headed towards a long off-season of holdouts and negotiations.

-ALR

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