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Saints News, 7/14/14: Jimmy Graham Appeals Franchise-Tag Ruling

The deadline for filing an appeal to the arbitration ruling declaring Graham a TE for franchise-tag purposes has come and gone. Ian Rapaport is reporting that Graham officially filed his appeal today. Way to wait until the last damn minute, dude! Geez, will this ever be resolved!?

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Saints News

Appeal of Graham ruling not expected | ProFootballTalk
If no appeal is filed, it means that Graham will either sign a long-term deal by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET or be eligible for a one-year, $7 million contract in 2014.  With the Saints offering a deal worth $9.5 million per year and presumably at least $15 million if not much more in fully-guaranteed money at signing, it would be a surprise if Graham doesn’t take the rather large bird in the hard.  Especially if as of 4:00 p.m. ET he officially stops chasing the much larger bird in the bush.

Yellin: With Jimmy Graham, the Saints should 'pay that man his money' | New Orleans
Every time I begin to ponder New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham’s contract situation, the first thing that inevitably comes to mind is the voice of "mad Russian" gangster Teddy KGB (John Malkovich) from the classic poker movie "Rounders."

Tuesday's deadline for Saints to sign Jimmy Graham to a multi-year deal fast approaching | New Orleans
One way or another, by 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday, there will be some resolution to the Jimmy Graham contract situation. Still, exactly what that is and how long it lasts is anyone’s guess as mum's the word on both sides.

Saints players to appear at The Pelican House on Saturday | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

Saints players Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro, Kenny Stills and Stanley Jean-Baptiste will appear Saturday at The Pelican House, 2572 Citiplace Court in Baton Rouge. From 1 to 4 p.m., the players will be available and will sign autographs for fans 21 years old and under. The cost is $32; the ticket price will increase to $40 on Wednesday. Fans who are 6 or younger will be admitted free.

Why the Road to Super Bowl XLIX Runs Through New Orleans
Who Dat Dish writer Barry Hirstius looks at why the Road to Super Bowl XLIX (at Glendale, AZ; in suburban Phoenix) will run through New Orleans in 2014

New Orleans Saints rankings: No. 5 CB Keenan Lewis - ESPN
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Camp Preview: New Orleans Saints backup QB job is up for grabs | New Orleans Saints

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NFL News

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There have been some magical runs on the way to two Super Bowl titles for the Giants under coach Tom Coughlin. The start of the 2013 season was pretty much the exact opposite as the Giants got blown out, chewed up and left for dead on their way to six straight losses.

Packers want to pick up the pace on offense | ProFootballTalk
Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes that quarterback Aaron Rodgers had the best spring practices of his career and that may be part of the reason why the Packers coach thinks the team's offense can move even faster in the 2014 season than it has in the past.

U.S. Attorney General: Redskins name "offensive" | ProFootballTalk
While he's not pursuing it in his job as the United States Attorney General, Eric Holder's feelings about the Redskins nickname are clear. Holder made it clear he was opposed to the name during an appearance on ABC's This Week. "I'm going to speak very personally now," Holder said, via ESPN.

League commences process of putting the squeeze on Wembley | ProFootballTalk
Want conclusive proof that the NFL has put down roots in London?  The league has begun the process of squeezing financially the only place that has hosted NFL regular-season games there. The NFL's contract with Wembley Stadium runs through 2016.



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