"The Home Improvement Show" with Scoot and Paul LaGrange
Text Us: 870870
Studio: (504)260.1870
A   A   A
 Follow 
Share

Posted: Tuesday, 17 June 2014 6:06PM

Saints and Jimmy Graham have arbitration meeting




METAIRIE, La. (AP) - All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints met Tuesday for arbitration on his contract.

Graham filed a grievance through the players' union. He contends he should be considered a wide receiver, not a tight end, when the team designated him with the 2014 franchise tag. The difference in salary would be more than $5 million.

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank is conducting the meetings that also involve the NFL Players Association, the NFL's Management Council, and the Saints. No ruling is expected immediately.

The Saints gave Graham the franchise tag for about $7 million as a tight end, the position he has been listed at for his entire four-year career. But he believes because he often is split out away from the tackle, he is a wide receiver. That franchise tag is worth about $12.3 million.

According to an analysis by ESPN Stats and Information, Graham lined up split on 67 percent of his snaps: 45 percent of the time in the slot and 22 percent out wide.

But the Saints note that he made the All-Pro team and the Pro Bowl as a tight end and was drafted as a tight end.

Such disputes are not frequent, but draw lots of attention because they can set a precedent. Baltimore's Terrell Suggs, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, argued in 2008 that he should be tagged as an end, not a linebacker. The difference back then was about $800,000.

Suggs wound up signing a new deal with the Ravens, then helped them win the 2012 NFL championship.



(photo by Chris Bennett)

Filed Under :  
Topics : Sports
Social :
People : Chris BennettJimmy GrahamMike Detillier
A   A   A
 Follow 
Share
Deke's Blog
Deke: Strief says "winning another Super Bowl is Saints' goal"
In the sports media world, we (reporters/host/anchors/journalist/analysts) are taught not to get too close to athletes, coaches and members of the organizations that we cover. However it's human nature to like those folks that are kind, nice and,...
Read More
Deke: Top-ranked Tigers set to battle Wildcats
#1 ranked LSU will go for their third straight SEC series win this weekend when the Tigers entertain the Kentucky Wildcats. "When you look at Kentucky not many people know how good they are. Kentucky has built a solid program and we are going to have...
Read More
Deke: Pelicans' inconsistency is consistent
It was just two short weeks ago that our New Orleans Pelicans were in 8th place in the Western Conference standings, in playoff position. Now I certainly did not put the cart before the horse, so to speak, but I'd be lying to you all if I did not...
Read More
Deke: Tigers fall apart in 66-65 loss to N.C. State
Coach Johnny Jones will be the first to tell you; it's much easier to coach when your team consistently has the lead in a game. Well, the Tigers maintained a double digit lead for most of the night until the final eight minutes of the game. LSU would...
Read More
Deke: Jabari Greer chimes in on Saints roster moves
It was November 11, 2013 and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome was rocking. The Saints put a 23-20 licking on San Francisco 49ers to up their record to 8-2. And the Black and Gold were in control of everything, from the lead in the NFC South to the #1 seed in...
Read More
Hokie's Blog
Bobby's Blog
Kristian's Blog
Kristian: Saints keeping close eye on LSU talent at Pro Day
Nearly every team in the NFL was represented today in Baton Rouge at LSU pro day, and much of the attention was paid to offensive lineman La'el Collins and cornerback Jalen Collins. La'el returned to LSU for his senior season and looks primed to...
Read More
Kristian: Free agent OLB Anthony Spencer visiting Saints
Sources tell me that free agent OLB/DE Anothony Spencer is in New Orleans visiting with Saints brass this week. ​ #Saints hosting Free Agent OLB/ DE Anthony Spencer on visit, per source. — Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) March 24, 2015 ...
Read More
Kristian: Loomis says "not everything is for sale"
Despite speculative reports that the Saints might be in all-out re-shaping mode, and that everything and every player might be on the trading block, general manager Mickey Loomis says that's not really the case. "We've never put a 'for sale' sign...
Read More
Kristian: Brees trade rumors are completely false
Despite rumors to the contrary, the Saints say they are not looking to trade quarterback Drew Brees. General Manager Mickey Loomis told the USA today, "Anyone that thinks we're trading Drew Brees, that is just not true." It has also been...
Read More
Kristian: Saints CB Lewis addresses Instagram rant on Sportstalk
We've all been in this position before; I know I have said or written something I've regretted. Saints defensive back Keenan Lewis also regrets his Instagram rant of a week ago and is happy to have a new deal with the Black and Gold. "I'm a...
Read More
NFL Draft

Team News
Saints Schedule
Team Leaders
Division Standings
NFC Standings
ADVERTISEMENT

FACEBOOK

1 Thing

Contact Us

Contests

WWL iPhone App

Powered By InterTech Media, LLC™