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Saints News, 2/28/14: Saints To Use Franchise Tag On Jimmy Graham Before Monday

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Adam Schefter reports that a source has confirmed with him that the Saints will use their franchise tag on Jimmy Graham before the deadline this Monday. No surprise here. Graham and his agent are expected to then immediately file a grievance through the players' association, asking that Graham be considered a receiver because he lined up out wide or in the slot on 67% of his snaps last season. The franchise tags for tight ends and receivers are expected to be about $6.7 million and $11.5 million, respectively.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>No great surprise, but the Saints will use their franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham before Monday’s deadline, per a league source.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/439469200718192640">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>ESPN reports that the Saints will give Jimmy Graham the franchise tag by Monday. <a href="http://t.co/IervLR0CoX">http://t.co/IervLR0CoX</a></p>&mdash; The Advocate Sports (@AdvocateSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdvocateSports/statuses/439483839337861120">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Signing autographs March 8 in Houston. Sproles, Ingram, Cam Jordan, Beckham Jr. and 30+ stars. See <a href="http://t.co/WBUrx4KHzb">http://t.co/WBUrx4KHzb</a> for info</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/statuses/439464478661300224">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It&#39;s safe to say Jimmy Graham is looking for at least twice as much as what Dennis Pitta just received.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/439461790276403200">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Dennis Pitta&#39;s five-year contract is worth $32 million, according to a league source.</p>&mdash; Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) <a href="https://twitter.com/RavensInsider/statuses/439460215608856576">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Pitta and Graham are same age. Pitta 122 catches, Graham 301. Pitta 11 career TDs, Graham 41. Hard to argue Graham shouldn&#39;t command double</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/439461937479692288">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ravens re-sign TE Pitta b/w $6.5-$7 mil per year. Sounds like a fair deal and he had more wide/slot % snaps than Graham.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/439460596518776832">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>My MardiGras plans.....&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23EatSleepPartyRepeat&amp;src=hash">#EatSleepPartyRepeat</a> <a href="http://t.co/tQrITRtTIi">pic.twitter.com/tQrITRtTIi</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/439483954882572288">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Deke: Saints 2014 schedule 8th easiest; or is it? <a href="http://t.co/MVq124HfzT">http://t.co/MVq124HfzT</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/439513722466598912">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thanks for the new car babe! Taking it for a spin. You da you da best! <a href="http://t.co/KTm1PUcOZq">pic.twitter.com/KTm1PUcOZq</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/439483629031284736">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Haven&#39;t drove my <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ferrari&amp;src=hash">#ferrari</a> in a while, just realize how much I miss driving her!!!!! #458 <a href="http://t.co/zkkJgtI9NR">http://t.co/zkkJgtI9NR</a></p>&mdash; Will Smith (@iWillSmith) <a href="https://twitter.com/iWillSmith/statuses/439482481704980481">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>We taking ova this Sat @ Lumen &quot;rt <a href="https://twitter.com/LumenChicago">@LumenChicago</a> Party w ur favorite local stars turned NFL pros <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeBuke99">@MikeBuke99</a> Pierre Thomas&amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/RobertHughesND">@RobertHughesND</a>&quot;</p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/statuses/439480996501921793">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Albeit suspended, accused serial rapist Darren Sharper is somehow still an employee of the National Football League <a href="http://t.co/7O9EONy9Ld">http://t.co/7O9EONy9Ld</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/439478925467856896">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL suspended Ben Roethlisberger four games even though he was never even arrested for sexual assault.</p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/439479701560901632">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Former <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> QB Jeff Blake &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LSU&amp;src=hash">#LSU</a> QB Zach Mettenberger on today&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/blackbluereport">@BlackBlueReport</a> podcast <a href="http://t.co/S9XjQ4kN7g">http://t.co/S9XjQ4kN7g</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/439475072378474497">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmJenkins">@MalcolmJenkins</a> at the 44th Annual "Greasing of the Poles" event to help kickoff Mardi Gras! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NOLA&amp;src=hash">#NOLA</a> <a href="http://t.co/5UVvVIvc8O">pic.twitter.com/5UVvVIvc8O</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/439452532788584448">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Chef John Folse, Laura Cayouette, and the <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmJenkins">@MalcolmJenkins</a> are judges for the Greasing of the Poles this year. <a href="http://t.co/KjfAveclIg">pic.twitter.com/KjfAveclIg</a></p>&mdash; Antwan Harris (@antwanharris) <a href="https://twitter.com/antwanharris/statuses/439441871224324096">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Just got done judging The Greasing of the Poles at the Royal Sonesta Hotel!!! So much fun! Happy Mardi… <a href="http://t.co/jCdh6pjyun">http://t.co/jCdh6pjyun</a></p>&mdash; Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) <a href="https://twitter.com/MalcolmJenkins/statuses/439453570833072128">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/jdrescher88">@jdrescher88</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/T_Armstead72">@T_Armstead72</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead">@thomasmorstead</a> at the 44th Annual "Greasing of the Poles" event at the Royal Sonesta <a href="http://t.co/yituxhQx1X">pic.twitter.com/yituxhQx1X</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/439434823040393216">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>You will never influence the world by being like it. Dare to be different!</p>&mdash; Nick Toon (@Nick2oon) <a href="https://twitter.com/Nick2oon/statuses/439425454173618176">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Darren Sharper in a Los Angeles jail after NOPD issues aggravated rape warrant <a href="http://t.co/kW8KLUy5wt">http://t.co/kW8KLUy5wt</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/439419549473984512">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Salary cap projected to rise to about $133 million this year, expected to break $140 million next year and $150 million by 2016, per source</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/statuses/439423607211851776">February 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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