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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: 10.46
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Jimmy Graham strikes twice in preseason game No. 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham appears to be in midseason form, finding the end zone twice during Friday's preseason game against the Titans.

Graham caught a 6-yard from Luke McCown on the opening drive of the game. He found the end zone again on a 9-yard strike in the second quarter. He was targeted six times and finished with five catches for 48 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 9.6 yards per grab.

Jimmy Graham looks 'faster, stronger' in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham scored a touchdown during 7-on-7 drills Wednesday, according to ESPN. Graham has looked impressive in training camp, and according to safety Kenny Vaccaro he might be even better than he has been in past years.

"The dude's flying," Vaccaro said. "He's faster than last year, he seems stronger."


Jimmy Graham gets four-year, $40 million deal


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Jimmy Graham's new contract with the Saints is a four-year, $40 million deal, including $20 million to $21 million guaranteed, reports NFL Network. Graham becomes the highest-paid tight end in league history. 

His average salary ranks above Rob Gronkowski's $9 million annual average.


Jimmy Graham agrees to longterm deal


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) The Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham reached agreement on a longterm contract, the team confirmed. Earlier Tuesday, Graham tweeted: "It's official. I'm bleeding black and gold this morning! Thank you WhoDatNation for all the support."

According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, the deal will average $10 million annually. The Saints said only that it's a multiyear contract.


Report: Saints, Jimmy Graham 'closing in' on record deal


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) The Saints and Jimmy Graham are "closing in" on a longterm deal that will make him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. The sides have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to reach agreement or else Graham must play under the franchise tag.

Schefter reports there's now optimism a deal will get done.


Jimmy Graham appeals arbitrator's ruling


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) The Saints' Jimmy Graham appealed an arbitrator's ruling declaring him a tight end and not a receiver, reports NFL Network. The ruling could cost Graham $5 million this year if he and the team don't reach a longterm contract agreement.

Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET is the deadline for the sides to reach agreement. Otherwise, if Graham loses the appeal, he'd have to play 2014 under the $7 million tight end franchise tag or sit out.


Teammate: Bitterness won't linger from Jimmy Graham standoff


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Saints tight end Benjamin Watson told ESPN that the the team's arbitration fight with Jimmy Graham over whether he's a receiver or a tight end won't have a longterm detrimental effect. Watson is hopeful the sides will reach a multiyear contract agreement by Tuesday's deadline.

"I’m very confident that it’ll be resolved the right way and guys can move forward," Watson said. "Obviously it’s always tough when you go through litigation with somebody, and it can probably get heated. And I’m sure there are emotions on both sides. But that is the business side of the game. 

"And it’s unfortunate that it came to that and that it was so public. But I really think -- I know, I don’t think -- I know that Jimmy loves New Orleans and I know that he loves our team and the organization and he loves playing here. And we love him, everybody wants him here, coaches included. So when it comes down to contract situations, that’s just a necessary evil ... not even evil, but just a necessary progression of getting a player here."


Deadlines looming for Saints, Jimmy Graham


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Saints have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to sign Jimmy Graham to a longterm deal. Now comes word, via Pro Football Talk, that Graham faces a Monday deadline, also at 4 p.m. ET, to appeal the arbitrator's ruling declaring him a tight end.

The website believes Graham will file the appeal hoping to get a better contract offer from the Saints. If no deal is reached and his appeal is denied, Graham will have to play the 2014 season under the $7 million franchise tag for tight ends, not the $12 million receiver tag he sought.


Saints, Jimmy Graham expected to reach deal


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) "It would be a shock" if the Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham don't work out a longterm deal by the July 15 deadline, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. If they don't reach an agreement, Graham would have to play the 2014 season under the one-year franchise tag of $7 million or sit out.

Neither of those options is "palatable" for either side, the report said.


Drew Brees optimistic about Jimmy Graham talks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he's confident the team will hammer out a longterm deal with tight end Jimmy Graham before the July 15 deadline. But Brees did concede he's getting anxious.

"I know the opportunity to reach a longterm agreement goes until July 15th, so we've got a couple of weeks here, but you know I'm anxious and hopeful that it'll happen," Brees told the CanalStreetChronicles.com.

An arbitrator ruled in the team's favor last week, saying Graham can be franchised as a tight end and not a receiver. Brees said Graham has "revolutionized the position."

"He's a guy who is so talented at so many things you know and obviously he's a big part of our offense and I hope that they're able to reach a longterm agreement here sooner than later," Brees said. "At the end of the day, this is part of the process and I think we all understand that."


Jimmy Graham ruled a tight end


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/2/2014) Arbitrator Stephen Burbank has ruled that Jimmy Graham of the Saints is a tight end, not a wide receiver, and therefore will be franchise tagged as such. NFL Network learned of the news on Wednesday, meaning that Graham's franchise tag tender is at $7 million for 2014, not $12 million had Graham been ruled as a receiver.

An appeal by Graham is expected.

The deadline for working out a long-term deal is July 15. If a deal isn't done by then the Saints and Graham can only agree to the guaranteed terms of the franchise tag. It remains to be seen if Graham will hold out of training camp. 


Jimmy Graham's arbitration ruling coming Thursday


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/30/2014) League arbitrator Stephen Burbank is expected to announce his ruling on whether or not Jimmy Graham should be franchised as a tight end or a receiver on Thursday, July 3, ESPN reported. 

Graham believes he's a wide receiver because he lines up away from the traditional tight end spot 67 percent of the time. But the Saints have always considered Graham a tight end and believe he's exactly that despite the way they use him. If he's ruled as a tight end then his franchise tag value would be at around $7 million for 2014. If he's ruled as a receiver he'd get about $12 million for 2014.


Jimmy Graham ruling expected next week


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/27/2014) A ruling on Jimmy Graham's arbitration hearing in the franchise-tag grievance between Graham and the Saints is expected next week, reports Pro Football Talk. Graham wants to be labeled as a receiver, and the Saints consider him a tight end.

The report says even though a ruling will happen that won't be the end of it. The losing party party inevitably will appeal the outcome to a three-person panel under the labor deal.

And a decision may or may not be issued before the July 15 deadline for working out a long-term deal. That means there's a chance the decision won't be official before the team and the player have to decide whether to work out a long-term contract or let it ride on a one-year deal with franchise tender to be determined by the appeals panel.


Jimmy Graham's franchise system arbitration underway


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2014) Jimmy Graham's fight to be labeled as a receiver instead of a tight end for franchise tag purposes began Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

Graham believes he's a wide receiver because he lines up away from the traditional tight end spot 67 percent of the time.

But the Saints have always considered Graham a tight end and believe he's exactly that despite the way they use him. The Saints say Graham works with the tight end group in meetings, regularly lines up where tight ends play on the field and even lists himself as a tight end on his Twitter page and official website

If he's ruled as a tight end then his franchise tag value would be at around $7 million for 2014. If he's ruled as a receiver he'd get about $12 million for 2014. A settlement is not expected to happen, meaning that the results from the two-day meeting will determine Graham's position.


Brees confident Jimmy Graham will get new deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) Saints quarterback Drew Brees is confident tight end Jimmy Graham, who is holding out while unsigned under the franchise tag, will get a new deal soon, reports ESPN.

"We've been in contact," Brees said. "Just checking on him, making sure he's doing all right and he's not getting frustrated, you know, disappointed or taking things personal. It's easy to do that, especially as a young player. You look at your contributions to the team, and [think], 'Here I am, drafted in the third round, been pretty much playing for minimum here over the last four years. And now this is my opportunity to get compensated based on my production.' It's what every young player hopes that they have the opportunity to go through or get is that second contract. And I know he wants to be a Saint for the rest of his career. I know I want him to be a Saint for the rest of my career. Hopefully we can go at it for another five, six, seven years together and then go out champions together. But I'm confident it will all get worked out when it's supposed to."


Jimmy Graham grievance to be heard 'sooner rather than later'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) With the July 15 deadline for the Saints and Jimmy Graham to reach a longterm contract agreement looming, the New Orleans Times-Picayune expects Graham's grievance to be heard "sooner rather than later." The paper said neither side "can saunter into this grievance process with 100 percent certainty it will exit victorious."

The Saints slapped the $7 million tight end franchise tag on Graham for 2014. He is seeking a wide receiver designation, which would pay $5.3 million more. The NFL Players Association filed a grievance on Graham's behalf Wednesday.

According to ESPN, Graham lined up wide 67 percent of the time last season. That figures to be the core of Graham's argument.


Union files grievance on Jimmy Graham's designation


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) The NFL Players Association filed a grievance arguing the Saints' Jimmy Graham should be designated a wide receiver, reports USA Today. The team slapped the tight end franchise tag on Graham for 2014.

The tight end tag is worth $7.035 million, while the receiver tag is worth $12.312 million.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said earlier Wednesday he had no update on longterm contract talks with Graham.


Jimmy Graham not participating in offseason workouts


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) 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
(4/23/2014) 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.