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Saints News, 7/15/14: After Saints & Graham Strike Contract Deal, Tony Gonzalez Says Graham 'Still Underpaid'

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“If you look at the numbers and production and what he means to that team, I think he’s underpaid still," said Gonzalez. "If you compare him to all the other elite receivers around the league and leading the league with 16 touchdowns, 1200 yards and 14 yards per catch. That’s an elite receiver and he should be paid like one. Just because he’s a tight end and that’s the name of his position he’s going to be paid less. I don’t think that’s fair.”

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jimmy Graham gets $21M of his $40M total in his deal by mid Feb. Earns $12M in the form of a signing bonus</p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/statuses/489145273491263488">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jimmy Graham gets $13 million in &#39;14, or more than WR money he was seeking in lost arbitration case. Saints gets $3 mill extra cap space</p>&mdash; Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) <a href="https://twitter.com/mortreport/statuses/489142315215503360">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats to my bro <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a>. Well deserved!</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/489138524981964800">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jimmy Graham deal is worth $21 million over 2, $30 million over 3. The $21 million becomes fully guaranteed in mid-Feb. He gets $12M to sign</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/489133030393790464">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Graham was the only unsigned tagged player. For Hardy, the &#39;15 tag would cost Carolina $15.74M. Orakpo&#39;s &#39;15 tag would be $13.75M for Skins.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/statuses/489134417277763584">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p> <a href="http://t.co/woPLFFd4Wo">http://t.co/woPLFFd4Wo</a></p>&mdash; Sedrick Ellis (@SedrickEllis1) <a href="https://twitter.com/SedrickEllis1/statuses/489130401353728000">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Great to hear my dude <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a> got his deal done!!! congrats!!! Now back to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/questforaz?src=hash">#questforaz</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/statuses/489124543491878912">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats to <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a> Couldn&#39;t be happier! I&#39;m gonna miss those goal post moving on the PAT&#39;s. <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/WJtszwdoEv">pic.twitter.com/WJtszwdoEv</a></p>&mdash; Garrett Hartley (@GHartley5) <a href="https://twitter.com/GHartley5/statuses/489124008000892928">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>40-Year-Old Mom Becomes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a>&#39; Cheerleader <a href="https://t.co/kF0VNcAIRQ">https://t.co/kF0VNcAIRQ</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/GMA">@GMA</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/michaelstrahan">@MichaelStrahan</a> <a href="http://t.co/d4Z5qEppmn">pic.twitter.com/d4Z5qEppmn</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/489111188525940736">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I don&#39;t care if its 95 degrees or 105 degrees it&#39;s all the same to me hot is hot I can&#39;t tell the difference anyway and right now it&#39;s hot</p>&mdash; rafael bush (@rbush36) <a href="https://twitter.com/rbush36/statuses/489108447263092736">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I missed this place! It&#39;s good to be back! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Barcelona?src=hash">#Barcelona</a> <a href="http://t.co/Br2rhjrYst">http://t.co/Br2rhjrYst</a></p>&mdash; Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReggieBush/statuses/489092782376910848">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jimmy Graham led the <a href="https://twitter.com/nfl">@NFL</a> in TDs with 16 in 2013, video of each -&gt; <a href="http://t.co/7hAyQBzGA9">http://t.co/7hAyQBzGA9</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/55hxSiGf4j">pic.twitter.com/55hxSiGf4j</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/489091668722065408">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a> &#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WHODAT?src=hash">#WHODAT</a></p>&mdash; Thomas Morstead (@thomasmorstead) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomasmorstead/statuses/489078536326500352">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/SedrickEllis1">@SedrickEllis1</a> all those years of training and sacrifice dude you&#39;re entitled to a few Coronas lol...we miss ya!! <a href="http://t.co/szVk1dIgt4">pic.twitter.com/szVk1dIgt4</a></p>&mdash; Shandon (@girls_with_guts) <a href="https://twitter.com/girls_with_guts/statuses/488702980179247105">July 14, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Here&#39;s a look at how high <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> players&#39; cap figures jump in 2015 <a href="http://t.co/097lj6QGPx">http://t.co/097lj6QGPx</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/489074052862984193">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a> woke up this morning like... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> <a href="http://t.co/D7IqbJlpW6">http://t.co/D7IqbJlpW6</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/489059378608107521">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;the Saints are in perpetual salary cap hell&quot; says Tampa blogger whose team is starting a McCown on purpose.</p>&mdash; Bradley Warshauer (@bradleypw) <a href="https://twitter.com/bradleypw/statuses/489057586721734657">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> one of NFL&#39;s few truly complete teams. Juggernaut offense + last year&#39;s No. 4 defense + Jairus Byrd, Victor Butler, healthy Vaccaro.</p>&mdash; Evan Silva (@evansilva) <a href="https://twitter.com/evansilva/statuses/489033286002294785">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Finally they pay my boy <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a> congrats bro..</p>&mdash; Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro (@KennyVaccaro4) <a href="https://twitter.com/KennyVaccaro4/statuses/489053532134191104">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Pay the man! Boom!</p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/statuses/489052249294110720">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhoDatNation?src=hash">#WhoDatNation</a>, where should we make <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a> take us out to eat to celebrate? Btw price is no option!!!!</p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/489047737963261952">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham">@TheJimmyGraham</a> Glad to have you back Bruddah!</p>&mdash; akiem hicks (@The_Dream99) <a href="https://twitter.com/The_Dream99/statuses/489047488599314432">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Graham gets $13 million this year, $8 million next year | ProFootballTalk
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More than six years later, Dallas Clark’s deal apparently gets topped | ProFootballTalk
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