NEW ORLEANS -- Ahead of Monday's deadline, the Saints used the franchise tag for tight end Jimmy Graham.
Graham tweeted, "Confirming it's officially Franchisefriday... TAG ... I guess I'm it..."
The franchise tag would be just the beginning of the saga as whether Graham is a wide receiver or a tight end as his agent and the Saints squabble over money.
Mickey Loomis, the Saints general manager, is certain that Graham is indeed a tight end, saying in January, "Isn’t that what we drafted him as?”
“Isn’t that what he made the Pro Bowl as? That’s what we see him as, a tight end.”
While Loomis may contend Graham is the perfect example of a tight end in today’s NFL, Graham and his agent Jimmy Sexton, however, will likely argue the opposite, making the case that Graham is used more as a receiver.
The reason that the distinction is so important? In 2013, the difference between a franchise tag at receiver and tight end was more than $4 million.