Saints News, 5/7/14: Timing Of Jimmy Graham Grievance Against Saints Is Curious

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Here's part of Mike Florio's conspiracy theory: "Apart from the impact the resolution of the grievance may have on negotiations regarding a long-term deal (and if Graham wins he definitely gets more leverage), the move provides the rest of the league with a clear reminder that, after teams use their first-round picks on Thursday night, they can fatten their offseason haul by signing Graham to an offer that, if not matched by the Saints, would cost first-round picks in 2015 and 2016." See below for a link to Florio's full article.

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Timing of Graham grievance is curious | ProFootballTalk
Apart from the impact the resolution of the grievance may have on negotiations regarding a long-term deal (and if Graham wins he definitely gets more leverage), the move provides the rest of the league with a clear reminder that, after teams use their first-round picks on Thursday night, they can fatten their offseason haul by signing Graham to an offer that, if not matched by the Saints, would cost first-round picks in 2015 and 2016.

Jimmy Graham grievance should speed up talks with New Orleans Saints - ESPN
Up until Wednesday, it appeared as though both sides were content to wait until the July 15 deadline for franchised players to sign long-term deals. But now, they should be motivated to work out a long-term deal even sooner. Otherwise, they'll be putting an awful lot of negotiating leverage in the hands of a neutral third-party arbitrator. And as former NFL executive Bill Polian said on the subject earlier this offseason: "There's an old saying that when you put an issue in the hands of a third party, then there's a possibility that neither side is happy with the result."

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