Steve: Graham's a TE, but what happens next?
HEAR YE, HEAR YE! The arbitrator has ruled Jimmy Graham a tight end!
Ian Rapoport will be on Sports Talk tonight at 5:35pm.
What does this mean now? For an excellent, extensive breakdown, check out the piece, “Everything You Need To Know Regarding The Potential Effects Of The Jimmy Graham Decision” by Andrew Cohen of overthecap.com. He’ll also be a guest on Sports Talk this evening at 6:20pm.
While not good news for Graham, it is great news for the Saints. Instead of having to worry about finagling with the salary cap ramifications of their TE now being ruled a WR with a tag of $12.3 million, it remains at $7 million.
Graham may decide to appeal this ruling, but I’m guessing it won’t make a difference. The NFL does not want the players following suit in the fututre.
You are what you are! Graham was drafted as a tight end, went to the Pro Bowl as a tight end, is in Saints meetings as a tight end, oh, and on his twitter profile… he calls himself a tight end!
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But something has really bothered me from the onset, and that’s why did the Saints let it get to this point? It seems so simple to have extended Jimmy before the start of last season.
I guess if GM Mickey Loomis and the rest of the Saints front office were willing to drag out contract talks with future Hall of Famer, Super Bowl MVP and franchise face Drew Brees; taking this route with Graham shouldn’t be a surprise to me.
I just feel though that you are spending more money in the long run by not locking up your key, core players until their deal is up. The Saints should have extended Brees before the 2011 season and “shoulda-woulda-coulda” extended Graham at the beginning of last year.
The way the team does business, it seems as if we’ll be headed down this road in 2016 when Cameron Jordan’s rookie deal is up.