Saints place franchise tag on Jimmy Graham

Saints place franchise tag on Jimmy Graham

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 30: Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints catches a touchdown pass over Chris Clemons #30 of the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 6:02 PM

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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.

 

 

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