Kristian: Graham appeals Burbank ruling with 24 hours to go
The NFL Network has reported that Saints tight end Jimmy Graham will appeal the ruling from arbitrator Stephen Burbank, with less than 24 hours to go before the deadline to reach a long-term deal with the Saints.
Andrew Brandt, an NFL Business analyst for ESPN, joined Sports Talk to explain how the appeal strengthen's Graham's negotiating position and at the same time makes it more likely that a deal will be reached for Tuesday's 3pm deadline.
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"Perhaps this gives the Graham camp a little more leverage to say, 'hey, we can negotiate this deal, but if we don't get the deal we want, we still have this appeal.'" Brandt said.
The appeal would be to a three person panel in the NFL; however, that panel has to "accept" the case if Graham and his camp can prove erroneous facts in the first hearing, or a procedural error in his initial hearing.
I don't expect this development to really change much, this is a power move by the Graham camp to ultimately drive up Graham's price. Ultimately, the appeal has no ramifications for the long-term deal getting done, at which point the appeal would be moot. So why not do it?