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Saints News, 6/13/14: NFL, Saints Push New Argument Regarding Graham Grievance

From Mike Florio at PFT: "With the Graham grievance moving to formal arbitration, the NFL and the Saints need to make strong, forceful arguments to support their view that Graham is a tight end. After all, if Graham wins Commissioner Roger Goodell and/or Saints owner Tom Benson may have some pointed questions for whoever it was that failed to account for the evolution of the tight end position when signing off on the formula for determining a franchise player’s appropriate tender." See below for links to the article.

Jeff Gross



Saints News

New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham a franchise tight end, clearly not a wide receiver | Larry Holder |
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NFL, Saints push new argument regarding Graham grievance | ProFootballTalk
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NFL strident about Graham grievance | ProFootballTalk
Here's a shock.  The NFL feels very strongly about its position in the Jimmy Graham grievance. When it comes to legal matters, the league rarely lacks in confidence.  And for good reason; the league rarely loses. That said, the NFL easily could lose the Graham case.

Luke McCown discusses competition with Ryan Griffin, trash-talking brother Josh McCown | Video |
Saints QB Luke McCown vying for backup job

Saints free to sex it up, says Sean Payton -
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Kenny Stills building off breakout rookie year - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- On Thursday I wrote about both New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston's improved health and the opportunity that receiver Nick T

Scouting report for the final three weeks of ’14 regular season | The Saints Nation

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Saints’ Junior Galette still motivated by his humble NFL beginnings | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
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Saints reserve Rufus Johnson says he’s ready to answer the call | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
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Saints rookie WR Brandin Cooks balancing school, playbook | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
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Sean Payton talks about the final day of minicamp
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New Orleans Saints host three community groups at 2014 Minicamp presented by Verizon
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Brandin Cooks learning New Orleans Saints offense 'online' - ESPN

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Minicamp observations: Offense rallies late - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints' first-string defense had the edge over the offense for most of Thursday’s final minicamp practice, led

Goodwin glad to be back with Saints, 'never wanted to leave' | New Orleans

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NFL News

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