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Saints News, 3/3/14: NFL Sets Graham's Franchise Tag Value at $7.05 million

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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL&#39;s Management Council officially applies tight end franchise tag to Jimmy Graham <a href="http://t.co/VO5E3o49MM">http://t.co/VO5E3o49MM</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/440653496157609984">March 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Go outside! The moon! the moon! &#10;-SG</p>&mdash; steve gleason (@TeamGleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason/statuses/440653005680312320">March 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Straight off the plane and starting grindin on that shredmill wit my guy <a href="https://twitter.com/TonyVillani">@TonyVillani</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/MikePouncey">@MikePouncey</a>! The grind never stops!</p>&mdash; Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkIngram22/statuses/440638233693913089">March 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; Jimmy Graham is listed as being tagged as a TE, via an NFL press release.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/440616987475972096">March 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Check out this baby&#39;s amazing reaction to the <a href="https://twitter.com/SInow">@SInow</a> Swimsuit Issue: <a href="http://t.co/IUF905NixC">http://t.co/IUF905NixC</a> (photo via <a href="https://twitter.com/SI_BenReiter">@SI_BenReiter</a>) <a href="http://t.co/m0kaGuQtpS">pic.twitter.com/m0kaGuQtpS</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooSports/statuses/440616431684976642">March 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>First workout of the offseason,HUUURRRT! Gotta start somewhere though. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23gottagogetit&amp;src=hash">#gottagogetit</a></p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="https://twitter.com/CurtisLofton50/statuses/440593543522824192">March 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sharper to remain in jail at least until Friday <a href="http://t.co/8tEM4lGgJP">http://t.co/8tEM4lGgJP</a></p>&mdash; WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/WWLAMFM/statuses/440590948192776193">March 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet">@RapSheet</a>: This is a surprise. The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Browns&amp;src=hash">#Browns</a> are planning to tag C Alex Mack, per source. May be the transition tag, not franchise tag."</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/440585149613228032">March 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>If Alex Mack receives some sort of tag, market for <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> center Brian de la Puente opens a little more.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/440585562525679616">March 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Met <a href="https://twitter.com/carrieunderwood">@carrieunderwood</a> at Endymion with <a href="https://twitter.com/jdrescher88">@jdrescher88</a> &#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23MardiGras&amp;src=hash">#MardiGras</a> <a href="http://t.co/YDONBdzKXy">pic.twitter.com/YDONBdzKXy</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/440558473944641536">March 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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