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Kristian: Flip a coin on Graham deal, according to Mortensen

The second biggest decision of the summer might be on the way - or it might not.  Now that we know where Lebron James is going, what about Jimmy Graham and the Saints working out a deal before the July 15th deadline?  "It's 50/50 at best - I'm actually going to be a little surprised if they do it. But I do know through experience that deadlines make people move," ESPN's Chris Mortensen told me.  

Mortensen wouldn't speculate on what the details might look like on a Graham/Saints deal when (and if) it comes in. "It's about guaranteed money, Gronkowski did not get a good contract. Nobody should use that as a comparison. Tell me what the guaranteed money is," Mortensen explained. 

New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski inked a contract extension two years ago worth $54 million dollars over 6 years. Gronkowski was given an $8 million dollar signing bonus in that deal, and a $13.1 million in guaranteed cash.  Gronkowski's deal with New England averages out to $9 million per season.  

Graham and the Saints have talked about a $9.5 million dollar per year average early in the spring.  As I've said before, if the Saints can promise Graham $28 million in up-front cash in the first three seasons, the deal gets done.  

Hold your breath just a little longer.  I think it's better than 50/50 chance that a deal gets done by the deadline on Tuesday.  

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Locations : New England
People : Chris MortensenJimmy GrahamLebron James

07/12/2014 2:08PM
Kristian: Flip a coin on Graham deal, according to Mortenson
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07/13/2014 11:52AM
A deal will get done!
07/13/2014 4:04PM
If the Saints don't sign him then the Saints will soon be the Aints once again
07/13/2014 7:49PM
Hopefully, he'll some of that money and take lessons on blocking.
07/13/2014 8:33PM
why not
Bad morale will ruin 2014. However that seems to be what kind of history the Saints have.
07/14/2014 12:38PM
Let him go and use that money for offensive line and defensive line. Need improvement in the Trenches!!!!
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