Posted by Andrew Robinson, Sports Producer - email
Saints franchise Graham
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
Tensions are rising between Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints over the amount of money the superstar tight end will make in 2014. According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Saints will use their 2014 franchise tag to keep Graham in the black and gold for at least one more season.
Graham has been one of the most dangerous weapons in the offensive attack in New Orleans and one of the most dynamic receiving threats in the NFL. The only question is whether he'll get paid as a wide receiver, which is what Graham wants or if he'll get paid as a tight end, which is what the team wants.
Graham is a tight end by definition but spends most of his time during games split out wide and catching the ball.
The franchise tag price for a tight end is a lot cheaper than the tag for a wide receiver. It's estimated that a tight end would cost in the $6 million range, while a wide receiver would cost north of $11 million. Which is why the two sides
Graham does have validity to his argument the only thing against him is the fact that he is actually a tight end. The battle in the Bayou between the two sides could escalate, as the Saints will place the tag on Graham before the deadline on Monday March 3rd.