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80 Jimmy Graham TE
Height/Weight: 6-7/265 | Birthdate: 11/24/1986 | Birthplace: Goldsboro, NC, USA | Team: New Orleans | College: Miami (Fla.) | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 23.75
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Jimmy Graham not participating in offseason workouts


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:03 pm ET) Saints coach Sean Payton said tight end Jimmy Graham is not participating in the team's offseason workouts due to ongoing contract talks, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Payton said "it's pretty normal" for a player in Graham's situation to sit out.

The team put the franchise tag on Graham, but there's optimism the sides will strike a longterm deal before training camp.


Drew Brees believes Jimmy Graham stalemate to end soon


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:42 am ET) Saints quarterback Drew Brees is "very confident" the team will reach a longterm deal soon with tight end Jimmy Graham, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The Saints slapped the franchise tag on Graham, who wants to be paid like a wideout and not a tight end.

No end in sight to Jimmy Graham standoff with Saints?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/10/2014) Franchised player Jimmy Graham has until April 22 to file a grievance against the Saints for tagging him as a tight end. He and his representatives have said they believe he's more of a wide receiver than a tight end based on where he lines up and what he's asked to do. The Saints insist he's a tight end. 

It was initially believed by ProFootballTalk.com that the Saints and Graham would agree to terms before the deadline for a grievance arrived. But general manager Mickey Loomis said the team doesn't view April 22 as a deadline to get a deal done. The Saints have until July 15 to sign Graham to a multi-year deal; if they don't then he can only sign the one-year franchise tender. 

Graham had 86 catches for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. 


Saints owner confident about Jimmy Graham talks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Saints owner Tom Benson is confident the team will strike a long-term deal with Jimmy Graham at some point this offseason, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "He's a hell of a good player, but he's also a good person," Benson said. "I'm confident we'll work out something. We just have a little bit of time to do it. That's all."

Benson said there's no pressure to get a deal done quickly, despite the April 22 deadline for Graham to challenge his franchise tag designation as a tight end. Graham wants to be paid like a receiver.


New optimism in Jimmy Graham stalemate


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) The Saints and Jimmy Graham are expected to finalize a long-term deal before April 22, the deadline for Graham to file a grievance challenging his designation as a tight end, a league source tells Pro Football Talk. New Orleans placed the tight end franchise tag on Graham.

"Graham can make a strong case for consideration as a receiver for tag purposes," the report said. "The Saints can make a compelling case, too, but they surely have no desire to draw battle lines with one of their best players. That’s why it makes plenty of sense to resolve the situation before it can take a potentially ugly turn."


Jimmy Graham 'shocked and disappointed' by Saints moves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Saints stud tight end Jimmy Graham has tweeted that he is "shocked and disappointed on everything" his team has done in the offseason.

Graham was apparently not only referring to the non-exclusive franchise tag he received, but also the release of several veterans in an attempt to create cap space. Among them are running back Darren Sproles and wide receiver Lance Moore.

The story could take another twist, however, if those financial moves were made to allow the Saints to offer him a long-term contract.


GM on Jimmy Graham: 'I'm sure we'll get something resolved'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Saints general manager Mickey Loomis told SiriusXM NFL Radio he's still hopeful about signing tight end Jimmy Graham to a long-term deal. The team slapped the franchise tag on Graham, who has yet to sign the tender.

“These negotiations are always a process, and Jimmy's been a great player for us for the last four years,” Loomis said. “Look, I had hoped and I'm sure he had hoped we'd come to some conclusion on a longer-term deal before this. But we haven't yet, and hopefully we will. ... We'll just let it play out, and I'm sure we'll get something resolved.”


Jimmy Graham expected to challenge designation


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) The NFL announced that the Saints' Jimmy Graham was classified as a tight end, not a wide receiver, for the purposes of the franchise tag. A tight end will make $7.035 million in 2014 under the tag, while a receiver will make $12.312 million, a difference of $5.277 million.

Graham is expected to file a grievance, arguing that he lines up more often as a receiver. The case then would go to a neutral arbitrator.


All franchise tags of the non-exclusive variety


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) The four players who got franchised -- the Saints' Jimmy Graham, the Panthers' Greg Hardy, the Jets' Nick Folk and the Redskins' Brian Orakpo -- all received non-exclusive tags. That means they can sign offer sheets with any team.

However, the signing teams would have to give up two first-round draft picks if the tagging team decided not to match. It's highly unlikely any team would give up that much, even for superstars like Graham or Hardy.


Six players get tagged for 2014


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Eight players received the franchise tag in 2013. This year, four players got franchised and two drew the transition tag, which had not been used since 2011.

Getting the franchise tag were Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Jets kicker Nick Folk, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. Browns center Alex Mack and Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds were designated as transition players. 

The deadline for tagging players passed at 4 p.m. ET.


Only four players tagged so far


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) With the 4 p.m. ET deadline approaching, only four teams have applied the franchise tag for 2014. The Saints tagged tight end Jimmy Graham, the Jets tagged kicker Nick Folk, the Panthers tagged defensive end Greg Hardy and the Redskins tagged outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Eight players received the franchise tag last year.


Jimmy Graham standoff expected to last until July


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) When the Saints tagged quarterback Drew Brees in 2012, the sides managed to strike a long-term deal just ahead of the July 15 deadline. Expect a similar scenario with Jimmy Graham, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

"It's in everyone's best interests for Graham to sign a long-term contract," the paper said. "But that was the case with Brees, too, and look how long that negotiation took. Expect a similar process with Graham.

"Deadlines spur action in the NFL and the real deadline to secure a long-term deal for Graham isn't until July 15."

In the meantime, the sides are expected to battle over whether Graham should be considered a tight end or receiver. The receiver tag would cost New Orleans nearly $5 million more.


Jimmy Graham got non-exclusive tag


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) When the Saints placed the franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham, it was the non-exclusive tag, meaning another team could pry away Graham for two first-round draft picks. That team also would have to sign Graham to an offer sheet the Saints weren't willing to match.

It's highly unlikely, but the possibility is worth noting. By tagging Graham, the Saints have until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal with him.


Jimmy Graham to get franchise tag


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/28/2014) The Saints plan to use their franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham before Monday's deadline, reports ESPN.

If that happens -- and the report says it's "no great surprise" -- then Graham is expected to file a grievance against the Saints if they designate him as a tight end. He wants to be paid like a receiver.

The difference in price between the franchise tag for a tight end and the franchise tag for a wide receiver is nearly $5 million. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has previously stated the team views him as a tight end because "that's where we drafted him, that's where we play him."


Saints, Jimmy Graham far apart on contract


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) The Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham are "still millions apart annually" in their contract talks, reports NFL.com. If the sides don't close the gap, look for New Orleans to slap the franchise tag on Graham by March 3.

Fox Sports reports New Orleans is willing to pay Graham more than $9 million annually. Graham, however, wants to be paid like a star wideout.


Report: Jimmy Graham will file grievance if tagged as a tight end


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/18/2014) Jimmy Graham is listed as a tight end by the Saints and is commonly thought of as a tight end. But he'll file a grievance against the Saints if they designate him as such with the franchise tag this offseason, NFL Network reports.

It's expected that the Saints won't let Graham test free agency this offseason because the team can tag him. But the difference in price between the franchise tag for a tight end and the franchise tag for a wide receiver is nearly $5 million. 

"That's where we drafted him, that's where we play him," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "In our view he's a tight end. That's what makes him valuable."

Graham puts up stats and is utilized like a receiver. Last year he caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards and an NFL-best 16 touchdowns.


Jimmy Graham waiting for contract


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham opted to stay out of the debate of whether he should be viewed as a tight end or receiver when it comes to his status for the franchise tag, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

"That's not for me to decide," Graham said. "I'm going to do, and I'm going to play, whatever I'm asked to do. It's that simple."

Graham, a free agent this offseason, said he doesn't know where he stands right now with a long-term deal or getting the franchise tag.

"For me, I'm just standing," Graham said. "I take every day one day at a time. I'm just going to wait and see what happens because that's where it's at. ... I'll be ready like I always will be."


Jimmy Graham deal will affect Saints' ability to make moves


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) With the Saints currently $12 million over the projected salary cap, coach Sean Payton knows re-signing All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham carries repercussions throughout the roster.

"I know that [general manager] Mickey Loomis, CAA (Creative Artists Agency), Jimmy Sexton (Graham's agent) and all parties involved are going to work very hard and very diligently, no different than they did with Drew (Brees) on his contract," Payton told Fox Sports 1. "With that being said, the first thing that comes to my mind with free agency is your own roster. I think often times that gets overlooked.

"The most challenging part of your job as a coach, and I share that with Mickey or anyone that has been with an organization as long as we have been, going on year nine, is some of the tough decisions that have to be made with regards to your cap with the ability that you possibly can sign Jimmy Graham," he added.

If the Saints and Graham can't agree on a long-term deal, the team will slap the franchise tag on Graham by March 3. A tight end tag would cost about $6.8 million, while a wide receiver tag would cost about $11.6 million, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

"It's very easy to say 'you are certainly going to get this done' but you have to understand there is a budget here," Payton said, suggesting several veterans could be released. "That's the challenging part. You are going to read these names that have already come across the ticker from Atlanta last week (the release of cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas) and we will be no different."


Jimmy Graham lined up as tight end one-third of the time


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The Saints' Jimmy Graham lined up next to a tackle only one-third of the time in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus. Graham lined up in the slot or out wide on the rest of his snaps. That could be significant if the Saints slap the franchise tag on Graham, an impending free agent.

New Orleans would owe Graham approximately $4.5 million more if he is classified as a wide receiver, not a tight end. However, quarterback Drew Brees told NBC Sports Radio that he considers Graham a tight end.

“He’s a tight end. We’re able to do a lot of creative things with him, just like we’re able to do with a lot of our offensive personnel," Brees said. "I feel like with Sean Payton, with our offensive system and we gear towards putting those guys in the best position to succeed according to their strengths. Jimmy Graham is six-seven, 270, he runs like a deer, he can jump and catch, he’s so strong and physical, he plays with great fire and passion, he can play the line, he can split out.”


Jimmy Graham: Franchise tag would be 'unfortunate'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2014) Add prolific Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to the list of players who don't want to receive the franchise tag.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said he would rather reach a long-term deal with Graham, but might be forced to slap the franchise tag on him rather than allow him to walk in free agency.

"I'm not keen on the franchise tag," Graham told ESPN. "That would be really unfortunate. ... If that happens, it doesn't really matter what I prefer."

Graham has emerged as the most productive tight end in the game. He caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards and an NFL-best 16 touchdowns this season before getting shut down in a playoff loss to Seattle following a pre-game verbal skirmish with Seahawks players.


Saints GM: We'll franchise Jimmy Graham if we have to


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said the team will put the franchise tag on impending free agent Jimmy Graham if the sides can't agree on a long-term contract, reports WWL-TV in New Orleans.

Loomis added the team views Graham as a tight end, not a wide receiver.The difference between the franchise tag for tight ends and receivers was $4.5 million in 2013.


Saints face tough choices in Jimmy Graham negotiations


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) The Saints aren't going to let Jimmy Graham get away, but they have difficult decisions to make as they try to keep the All-Pro tight end at the best price.

New Orleans could work out a long-term deal with Graham, whose rookie deal is expiring. They could give him the franchise tag by March 3 or apply the tag in hopes of hammering out a long-term deal by the mid-July deadline, as they did with Drew Brees in 2012, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The paper notes the Saints sent Graham at least two contract offers leading up to this offseason, "but the two sides haven't had much dialogue on the matter." If New Orleans slaps the tag on him, Graham could argue he should be paid as a receiver because he often splits out wide. The difference between the tag for wideouts and tight ends was $4.5 million in 2013, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Coach Sean Payton said the Saints will be in good shape despite their salary cap constraints. "We have smart fans," he said. "They're smart enough to understand that, just like we have in years past, we're going to make the decisions as best we can for our club moving forward and they're going to be able to read closely between the lines and understand that we're going to be in good shape."


Jimmy Graham all talk and no production in Seattle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham finished Saturday with more pregame altercations (two) than receptions (one). And he didn't even snag that one until 13 seconds remained in the game and his team was all but doomed.

Graham got into a pair of verbal confrontations with Seattle players before the game, then went out and laid an egg against the best secondary in the sport. He was targeted five times before finally catching an 8-yard pass with time running out.

Asked if Graham was trash talking during the game, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman replied, "A lot of swear words."


Saints, Seahawks continue battle before battle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) A second pre-game scuffle took place before the game between the Saints and Seahawks in Seattle, according to various reports. This one pitted Saints tight end Jimmy Graham against Seahawks defensive backs Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. Graham and Sherman had to be separated.

Report: Jimmy Graham snagged hat in spat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) More details have emerged about the verbal skirmish between Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and the Seahawks during warmups before the playoff clash in Seattle. It revolved mostly around Graham and Seattle outside linebacker Bruce Irvin, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The report stated that Graham reached out and ripped the knit hat off Irvin's head. Other Seahawks joined in the verbal sparring and a member of the Saints' staff was forced to restrain Graham.