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Saints News, 2/26/14: Looming Franchise-Tag Fight has Silver Lining For Saints

As Mike Florio continues to dissect the Saints' Jimmy situation, he clears up inaccurate speculation from others that the Saints might lose their chance to tag Graham if they tender him as a TE and a third-party later decides he's a WR. Florio points out that the Saints wouldn't actually be tendering Graham at any specific position at all and thus this scenario would never play out. He further states, "The initial designation comes, as we understand the process, from the NFL’s Management Council. So if the Management Council decides Graham is a tight end, Graham and the NFLPA would then challenge the designation. If Graham wins, the designation presumably would be altered without the Saints having to re-issue the tag."

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Saints News

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