Saints News, 1/13/14: Franchise-Tag Fight Looming Between Saints & Jimmy Graham?

Jeff Gross

Mike Florio of PFT says, "The Saints can keep Graham from leaving (or at least make it harder) at any point from February 17 through March 3, via the franchise tag. But if/when the Saints apply the tight end version of the tag, the stage will be set for a fight over whether Graham should be tagged as a receiver." And so begins the long, awful hell of the off-season when exciting football games are replaced with months of speculation and false drama that rarely ends up as interesting as media writers build it up to be beforehand. After what happened (or didn't happen) Saturday, I don't much care if any of our current offensive players return next season. I'm sure that will pass soon, though, once the season-ending sting wears off.

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Saints News

Franchise-tag fight looming between Saints and Graham | ProFootballTalk
The Saints can keep Graham from leaving (or at least make it harder) at any point from February 17 through March 3, via the franchise tag. But if/when the Saints apply the tight end version of the tag, the stage will be set for a fight over whether Graham should be tagged as a receiver.

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Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham honored by Pro Football Writers of America
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New Orleans Saints receive letters of encouragement: Musings by Marilou | NOLA.com
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NFL News

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