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.
Data indicates the West Bank of Jefferson Parish peaked in 2000 and is struggling with an aging population, low paying jobs and defections to Orleans Parish.
We spoke with Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts about a study the Council commissioned that shows West Jefferson has been struggling, but it’s not all doom and gloom.
“When you have facilities like the TPC, and you have the NOLA Motorsports track, those are attractions that are going to be regional attractions that bring people from all over. So if you never had a reason before to cross the bridge, to come over and see West Jefferson, those are draw cards that cause people to come out. And it helps change the general perception.”
The Minutemen are coming to the Quarter. Just like the Guardian Angels only these folks will be armed to help keep tourists and locals safe. Aaron Jordan, the founder of the French Quarter Minutemen, joined us in studio to talk about the group.
“It’s a group of concerned citizens that live in the metro area of New Orleans. Some of them have a concealed carry license, and some will choose to exercise an open carry policy.”
But one area in particular Jordan wanted to focus on was service workers. He says many of them worry about going to and from work late at work.
“You can call our group! We’re going to have people in the French Quarter. We will come out there and walk you to your car, walk you to your bus stop… that’s what I really want to focus on. The service workers in the French Quarter who are scared to death out there. We want to say, “‘Okay, we’re going to be there for you.’”
Will volunteer citizens carrying guns make for a safe or more dangerous French Quarter? Would it be better if they were in uniforms and not plain clothes? Is this a good or bad idea?
Listen to the full interview and tell me what you think!