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Saints News, 2/20/14: Tony Gonzalez Says Jimmy Graham Should Be Paid As A Wide Receiver

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"Wide receiver for sure, without a doubt," Gonzalez said of Graham's status. "The way they use him in that offense with that scheme, he's a wide receiver. And he's acknowledging that now. He doesn't really block. I think he has his hand in the dirt maybe five or six times per game, and the rest of the time they have him split out and used as a weapon in the passing game. ... Why don't you just pay the guy? And pay him what he's worth."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Via <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell">@Kat_Terrell</a>, Falcons coach Mike Smith says <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; Jimmy Graham should get as much money as he can <a href="http://t.co/sFsQ9qVncA">http://t.co/sFsQ9qVncA</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/436614610569814016">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Darren Sharper now being investigated for a sexual assault in Miami, raising his total to eight <a href="http://t.co/BH3RBvVpiE">http://t.co/BH3RBvVpiE</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/436546841245544448">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Raiders and former Saints DBs coach Dennis Allen on his reaction about the Darren Sharper allegations: &quot;Shocked.&quot;</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/statuses/436575244409532416">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Dennis Allen: I had the good fortune of working with Sharper in New Orleans and my experience w/ him was nothing but the best.</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/statuses/436576876199297024">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It&#39;s official: Darren Sharper case has reached Lifetime Movie of the week levels of creepiness. 8 cases in 5 states. WTF MAN?</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@SaintsForecast) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsForecast/statuses/436544170258227200">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A little <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TBT&amp;src=hash">#TBT</a> to the groundbreaking of the East-Side of Faurot Field at Mizzou with Mike Alden! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MIZZOU&amp;src=hash">#MIZZOU</a> <a href="http://t.co/WzxBVZsZPt">pic.twitter.com/WzxBVZsZPt</a></p>&mdash; Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChaseDaniel/statuses/436595579271917568">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Special SHOUTOUT to <a href="https://twitter.com/SunshineKidsOrg">@SunshineKidsOrg</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/emily_nicole_73">@emily_nicole_73</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/AcmeOyster">@AcmeOyster</a> for hosting... <a href="http://t.co/XBuG2fwesm">pic.twitter.com/XBuG2fwesm</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/436579751629561856">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tbt&amp;src=hash">#tbt</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas">@Pierre_Thomas</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22">@MarkIngram22</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/timmydoe">@timmydoe</a> taking the kids on a shopping spree! <a href="http://t.co/6WYqbhkrv4">pic.twitter.com/6WYqbhkrv4</a></p>&mdash; iCAN Foundation (@iCAN_Foundation) <a href="https://twitter.com/iCAN_Foundation/statuses/436571966401556480">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Heading over to <a href="https://twitter.com/AcmeOyster">@AcmeOyster</a> to hang out with <a href="https://twitter.com/SunshineKidsOrg">@SunshineKidsOrg</a> and show them this.....&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a>&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/THuqtmMz2N">pic.twitter.com/THuqtmMz2N</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/436563655937638400">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Lions coach Jim Caldwell wanted an OC experienced with QBs to work with Stafford, led to hiring of former Saints QB coach Joe Lombardi</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/statuses/436546394178863104">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Most media duncery is owed to two things:&#10;1. Inherent self-importance of &quot;journalists&quot;&#10;2. Cowardice in facing obvious flaws</p>&mdash; Angry Who Dat (@angrywhodat) <a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat/statuses/436559339046707200">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>In 9 days I&#39;m going to marry my best friend. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23itsgettinreal&amp;src=hash">#itsgettinreal</a></p>&mdash; Bryce Harris (@Bryce_harris79) <a href="https://twitter.com/Bryce_harris79/statuses/436527265476657153">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Omg just saw <a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmJenkins">@MalcolmJenkins</a> at the Nola airport and he took a picture with me. He was super nice! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23superfan&amp;src=hash">#superfan</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23whodat&amp;src=hash">#whodat</a> <a href="http://t.co/gFST6xpsFf">pic.twitter.com/gFST6xpsFf</a></p>&mdash; Heather Montgomery (@HeathersLG) <a href="https://twitter.com/HeathersLG/statuses/436499005422723072">February 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Darren Sharper, WTF!?

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