Jimmy Graham will file grievance if New Orleans Saints franchise tag him as tight end

Graham wants to be tendered as a wide receiver to get an extra four to five million dollars.
Posted By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   Feb. 18, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- According to reports, New Orleans Saints player Jimmy Graham will file a grievance if the team attempts to use the franchise tag on him as a tight end.

Starting on Monday, NFL teams were allowed to begin tagging pending free agents as franchise players. Teams have until March 3 to use the tag with free agency set to begin on March 11.

If the Saints tag Graham as a tight end instead of a wide receiver, it would likely potentially cost him four to five million dollars.

The projected franchise tag numbers have wide receivers listed at $11,539,000 and tight ends at $6,709,000.

The Saints top pass-catcher last season, Graham lined up in the slot or out wide for 67 percent of his snaps in 2013. Regardless, the Saints still feel he should be tagged as a tight end.

"That's where we drafted him, that's where we play him," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said at the Senior Bowl. "In our view he's a tight end. That's what makes him valuable."

If the Saints do tag Graham as a tight end and he files a grievance, a neutral arbitrator would issue a ruling in the case.

Graham made $1.3 million last season and had 1,215 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

[The Times-Picayune]

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