Tommy: Tight end or not tight end? That is the question
An arbitrator is deciding whether Jimmy Graham should get the franchise tag for a tight end or for a wide receiver. The difference? About $5 million (and the spelling).
Graham wants wide receiver bucks; the Saints say he’s a tight end. Which is it?
We spoke with WWL’s NFL analyst Mike Detillier, who believe Graham should get paid wide receiver money.
“In his first 4 seasons in the NFL, he’s caught more passes than any other tight end in the history of the National Football League. This is a guy that played a grand total of one year of college football, and last year played with a foot injury that he didn’t miss a lot of time out on the field.”
Mike went on to point out that Graham has more receptions than Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice did in his four years.
That does make a pretty compelling argument.
But what if there were a compromise? Barry Wilner, an NFL writer for the Associated Press, offered up a possibility.
“What the league and the teams might need to find a way to do is restructure these definitions on positions so that you do have a tight end/wide receiver like a Jimmy Graham.” Part of the problem is that the tight end might be the most hybrid position in the NFL…Jimmy Graham is as good as almost every wide receiver in the league, even though I do believe he is a tight end.”
Could the debate force a change for the whole NFL? Well, we’ll see.
FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Mike Detillier about Jimmy Graham
FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Barry Wilner about Jimmy Graham