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Saints News, 2/17/14: NFL Franchise Tag Window Now Open

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This window closes in two weeks on March 3rd. Will the Saints tag Jimmy Graham and will a dispute on how he should be classified (TE or WR) then erupt?

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94">@CamJordan94</a> hopes to continue standard set by departing <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> defensive leaders <a href="http://t.co/ycJKawYpf8">http://t.co/ycJKawYpf8</a> <a href="http://t.co/NOnCiGXprz">pic.twitter.com/NOnCiGXprz</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/435512540420792320">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Had an 8 hour driving tour today around Paris. Highlights were The Mona Lisa, Louvr, and Lover&#39;s Bridge! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23offseason&amp;src=hash">#offseason</a> <a href="http://t.co/GK0olZkpaR">http://t.co/GK0olZkpaR</a></p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50/statuses/435502935997313024">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Eating in the very top tom, so excited!! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Paris&amp;src=hash">#Paris</a> <a href="http://t.co/S0sTKSc7mB">http://t.co/S0sTKSc7mB</a></p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50/statuses/435491973353316352">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>New Orleans Saints Tight End, <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson">@BenjaminSWatson</a> on the Red Carpet at The Allstar Gospel Celebration <a href="http://t.co/BPApjl6TXx">pic.twitter.com/BPApjl6TXx</a></p>&mdash; NOLA NIGHTS Magazine (@NOLA_NIGHTS) <a href="https://twitter.com/NOLA_NIGHTS/statuses/435480817842675712">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewJuge">@AndrewJuge</a> ur welcome. Sharper went from beloved symbol of &#39;09 &amp; maybe Pro Football Hall of Famer to just a groan whenever he is mentioned</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@SaintsForecast) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsForecast/statuses/435480657855139840">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/Saintsations">@Saintsations</a> will hold tryouts for 2014 team April 27 <a href="http://t.co/u3DoWsAQu8">http://t.co/u3DoWsAQu8</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/435479297147404288">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A one on one interview with <a href="https://twitter.com/NBA">@NBA</a> Commissioner Adam Silver on today’s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast: <a href="http://t.co/xTX6RgbD2m">http://t.co/xTX6RgbD2m</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOLA&amp;src=hash">#NOLA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/435477256744353792">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A student who sank a crazy half court shot likely won&#39;t receive any prize money. Why the school won&#39;t pay: <a href="http://t.co/xSHjyAJJwv">http://t.co/xSHjyAJJwv</a></p>&mdash; Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffEisenberg/statuses/435470292270329856">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ICYMI: <a href="https://twitter.com/Tromboneshorty">@TromboneShorty</a> and friends rocked <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOLA&amp;src=hash">#NOLA</a> last night at the NBA All-Star game: <a href="http://t.co/5byn1zJEx7">http://t.co/5byn1zJEx7</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/435460083242115072">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Yes, teams can begin placing franchise tags on players today. And yes, the deadline to tag is March 3.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/435436553699987457">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The last time the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> had a contract showdown (Brees, &#39;12), they waited until March 4 to place the tag. So, yeah. This could take awhile</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/435436694548922369">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The &quot;this could take awhile&quot; tweet was in reference to Jimmy Graham, for those wondering.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/435437845340110848">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I just had to send this...All of the Northeast hates me right now lolol <a href="http://t.co/0yPiDnQgGM">pic.twitter.com/0yPiDnQgGM</a></p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/statuses/435435583582642176">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>VIDEO: <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22">@MarkIngram22</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94">@camjordan94</a> greeted fans at <a href="https://twitter.com/NBAJamSession">@NBAJamSession</a> yesterday: <a href="http://t.co/Noqy0Xbc6M">http://t.co/Noqy0Xbc6M</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOLA&amp;src=hash">#NOLA</a> <a href="http://t.co/rije2IxiJG">pic.twitter.com/rije2IxiJG</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/435428089586130944">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mike Ditka would prefer if Matthew Stafford wore his hat forward <a href="http://t.co/TkZEO60hyJ">http://t.co/TkZEO60hyJ</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/435414635328454656">February 17, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Saints News

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The NFL’s window allowing teams to franchise or transition tag players opened up Monday, giving clubs two weeks to designate a player on the roster with the label.

Cameron Jordan hopes to continue standard set by departing Saints defensive leaders
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Rob Ryan's defense with the Saints improved by leaps and bounds in 2013, but there are still areas on the roster which can be improved.

Free-agent spotlight: C Brian de la Puente - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints have 13 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 11, including four full-time starters. Here’s a bre

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New Orleans Saints re-sign K Shayne Graham, OL Bryce Harris - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints have re-signed veteran kicker Shayne Graham, his agent, Camron Hahn, confirmed. And they appear to have re-signed young offensi

Saints mailbag: Restock the secondary? - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- Thanks for all of your New Orleans Saints questions on Twitter this week. Send ‘em my way anytime @MikeTriplett:

Franchise/transition tags: Saints - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN

Monday is the first day that NFL teams can begin using franchise or transition tags on their free agents -- which means we're inching closer to one of

Challenges In Franchising Jimmy Graham - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Adam Caplan and, Mark Brunell discuss TE Jimmy Graham's versatility and the challenges for the Saints if they designate Graham with the franchise tag.

What Exactly Is The "Franchise Tag" In The NFL?
What Exactly Is A The "Franchise Tag" In The NFL?

Could Panthers CB Munnerlyn Be A Saints Target In Free Agency? " Saints Gab
Munnerlyn has publicly stated that he would like to stay with the Panthers, but as reported on Panthers Gab, the Cats have yet to reach out to him.

Released by Saints, Will Smith not ready to retire | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Last autumn, for the first time in his 10-year NFL career, Will Smith was not a premier pass rusher for the New Orleans Saints. He was simp…

Should the Saints Let Jimmy Graham Walk?
Should the Saints Let Jimmy Graham Walk?

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Saintsations will hold tryouts for 2014 team April 27
2014 squad will be announced April 30

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NFL News

Report: Former Falcons RB "Cannonball" Butler passes away at age 70 | ProFootballTalk
One of the first Pro Bowlers in Falcons history has reportedly passed away. Tailback Jim "Cannonball" Butler, who played eight NFL seasons and rushed for 2,768 yards, passed away on February 10, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.

Poll of players suggests most are OK with a gay teammate | ProFootballTalk
A new poll of NFL players suggests that most would have no problem sharing a locker room with Michael Sam or any other gay player. The poll, conducted by ESPN, asked 51 NFL players if a player's sexual orientation matters.

Franchise tag window opens tomorrow | ProFootballTalk
Starting Monday, the two-week window opens for application of the franchise tag. The device, launched two decades ago with the commencement of true free agency, gives each team the ability to apply some restriction to one otherwise unrestricted free agent each year.

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Video

VIDEO: Cameron Jordan talks about Saints roster moves
New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan talks about the team's decision to part ways with Jabari Greer, Roman Harper, Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma (New Orleans Saints video)

VIDEO: Mark Ingram and Cam Jordan at NBA Jam Session
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram and DE Cameron Jordan greet fans at NBA Jam Session on Sunday, February 16, 2014 (New Orleans Saints video)