Kristian: Graham appeal filed - tight end or receiver?
Is Saints player Jimmy Graham a tight end or wide receiver? It looks like the league will revisit that issue.
The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance for Graham.
WWL Saints Sideline Reporter Kristian Garic says a source has confirmed the filing.
Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis offered "no update" on the contract situation with Graham today.
The Saints exercised the non-exclusive rights franchise tag on Graham back in March.
"Dig the heels," Garic says. "The contract/designation fight is on."
WWL's T-Bob Hebert says Graham has millions of good reasons to fight to be designated as a receiver.
"Receivers Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, Vincent Jackson, and Percy Harvin all make between 10 to 12 mill average. Finally, DeSean Jackson, Andre Johnson, Greg Jennings, and Brandon Marshall all make about 9 mill average per year," he noted. "This is an elite group of the NFL's most talented receivers, yet none of them have eclipsed Graham in TD receptions and only 3 players have caught for more yards over the last three seasons. These are the main two stats a receiver gets paid for, yet even the almighty Calvin Johnson has 33 TDs to Graham's 36. If you were outperforming everyone around you, yet they were getting paid quite literally 10 times the amount you are, wouldn't you want to file a grievance?"
Garic says Graham stands to get around $7 million this season if franchised as a tight end. As a wide receiver he would get more than $12 million.