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.
No progress yet for Jimmy Graham and #Saints. If, as expected, he’s tagged as a TE, expect an immediate grievance to be tagged as a WR— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 18, 2014
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.