Graham grievance gives reminder to all teams that, after Thursday, he can be had for 2015 and 2016 first-round picks http://t.co/mQYrHz5ndv— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 7, 2014
Bill Polian referring to Johnny Manziel as "a different cat" as if he were some kind of 1940s jazz trombonist.— Grandmaester Warg (@moosedenied) May 7, 2014
Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) May 7, 2014
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis keeping potential draft picks close to the vest: http://t.co/rbK6nVdH8v— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) May 7, 2014
Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 7, 2014
No wonder Mickey Loomis said there's been no progress with Jimmy Graham's contract. Grievance is the step both side have been waiting for.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) May 7, 2014
Poor sound quality on the internet stream has prompted @OTLonESPN to launch investigation into potential irregularities re: Loomis's presser— Grandmaester Warg (@moosedenied) May 7, 2014
Loomis said they have candidates on the roster for the return game but would also "love to add someone" in the Draft #SaintsDraft— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) May 7, 2014
Loomis was asked about Jonathan Goodwin as part of a center question, but never addressed him specifically.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) May 7, 2014
Loomis said it's difficult for a rookie to start at center, but it has happened. Having Evans, Grubbs, Brees makes it easier.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) May 7, 2014
Loomis: I wouldn't say that QB is at the forefront of our mind, yet we recognize Drew Brees' age.— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) May 7, 2014
Because of trades, #Saints havent actually had 7 draft picks since 2007. Loomis said part of that is because of faith in signing undrafteds.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) May 7, 2014
Loomis: We're trying to avoid salary restructures and pushing off cap obligations to future years.— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) May 7, 2014
Loomis on Vegas: we have done it every year on same weekend had nothing to do with draft— Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) May 7, 2014
Loomis: Big, physical corners are hard to find - Seattle has managed to find some of them.— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) May 7, 2014
Loomis: We've been tight against the cap for several years now. I'm glad we're in that environment because that means we're successful.— WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) May 7, 2014
Loomis said they have a pretty good sense of how much it would cost to move up or down with his 15 years of draft experience.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) May 7, 2014
Loomis said he is not concerned with the age of the offense, just the performance "And the performance has been pretty darn good" #Saints— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) May 7, 2014
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."
NFLPA files grievance against New Orleans Saints on behalf of tight end Jimmy Graham, source says | NOLA.com
Grievance will contend Graham should be franchised as a wide receiver, not a tight end
Report: NFLPA files franchise tag grievance on behalf of Jimmy Graham | ProFootballTalk
Long before the Saints officially placed a franchise tag on Jimmy Graham, there were discussions about a potential battle over whether Graham should be tagged as a tight end or a wide receiver. Graham was tagged as a tight end and, as expected, that battle is looming.
NFLPA Files Grievance On Behalf of Jimmy Graham
Here comes another story to add to the Jimmy Graham offseason saga. As expected, the NFLPA has filed a grievance against the New Orleans Saints.
NFLPA files grievance on behalf of Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints star - ESPN
It took a little longer than anticipated, but New Orleans Saints star Jimmy Graham has finally filed a grievance through the NFL Players Association to challenge whether he should be considered a tight end or wide receiver for franchise-tag purposes.
Five takeaways from Mickey Loomis’ pre-draft press conference
Mickey Loomis discussed a variety of topics in his pre-draft press conference at the New Orleans Saints facility Wednesday
Loomis: Saints' fifth-year option refusal on Ingram was about finances | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
It would be a mistake to interpret the Saints’ refusal to exercise a fifth-year option on the contract of running back Mark Ingram as a sig…
Mickey Loomis: Saints still high on Mark Ingram - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- General manager Mickey Loomis said the New Orleans Saints still have high expectations for running back Mark Ingram, even though they
Saints G.M. says option call on Mark Ingram was strictly business | ProFootballTalk
The Saints still like Mark Ingram. But they didn't like him to the tune of $5.2 million. Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said the decision to not pick up the 2015 option on the former first-round running back was simply about dollars and cents.
Mickey Loomis says New Orleans Saints have good idea of players they want to draft
Loomis says team has identified 20 to 30 players it wants
Mickey Loomis: "We’re ready to start the Draft"
Quotes from Mickey Loomis’ pre-draft press conference at the New Orleans Saints facility
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Ranking New Orleans Saints draft needs: No. 2 CB - ESPN
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New Orleans Saints, GM Mickey Loomis among NFL's best in draft - ESPN
Not many NFL teams have enjoyed the kind of sustained success in the draft as the New Orleans Saints have during general manager Mickey Loomis' tenure
Report: Johnny Manziel would prefer not to play in Jacksonville | ProFootballTalk
If the Jaguars draft Johnny Manziel tomorrow night, he may not be thrilled about his new home. That's the word from Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, who reports that Manziel isn't wild about the idea of landing in Jacksonville.
Kaepernick: Truth is getting out, previous reports "totally wrong" | ProFootballTalk
A day after Miami police released 911 calls from an incident that was initially reported as a sexual assault investigation, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said that he is pleased that a fuller picture of the situation is getting out to the public.
Richard Sherman announces deal, says he’s getting $40 million guaranteed | ProFootballTalk
The Seahawks are holding a press conference at 2 p.m. ET and they will indeed be announcing an extension with cornerback Richard Sherman. They won't be the first to announce it, however. Sherman has already taken care of that.