Kristian: Hebert says Graham very deserving of pay day
After a long off-season filled with conjecture and speculation, the Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham have ironed out a new contract making him the highest paid player at his position in league history. “Really, after the Saints had the leverage, I don’t know what else he was going to do,” said the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert after Jimmy Graham announced the deal via Twitter. “He’s a $10 million dollar a year tight end, and he deserves that. This gives the Saints some flexibility - because of his age, he could parlay this contract into another one down the road if he stays healthy.”
Graham’s deal will average $10 million per season over four years, worth $40 million with $21 million in guaranteed money. Now the Saints and Graham can focus on making a run at another Lombardi trophy. Hebert didn’t express any concern over Graham’s lack of participation in the team’s offseason condition and workouts because of the contract dispute: “I think it will take about one day for Graham to be on the same page with Brees and the offense. If he had showed up before the first game against the Falcons, Graham would be ready to roll without even playing in training camp. Graham is going to be in shape.”
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With the deal done, Graham is the highest paid tight end in the NFL (as he should be) and we can all exhale and look to 2014 with great anticipation and excitement!
Think about this: the Saints have now doled out a number of record-breaking deals at quarterback, guard, safety, and now tight end. The team will continue their push for another Lombardi trophy in just over a week when they report for training camp in Greenbrier, West Virginia.
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