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Saints News, 7/3/14: Jimmy Graham Remains Silent In Wake Of Ruling

Mike Florio at is still obsessing over yesterday's Graham grievance ruling. With so little else NFL newsworthy going on that he might write about, this shouldn't be surprising. Florio writes, "Although other players have taken notice of the Jimmy Graham ruling and adjusted their Twitter profiles accordingly, the Saints tight end* has said nothing to indicate any emotion resulting from the loss of $5.3 million in 2014 salary via the drawing of an arbitrary four-yard line by arbitrator Stephen Burbank." Come on, Jimmy! Help this man out before his head explodes! Sportswriters gotta eat too!

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Saints News

Graham remains silent in wake of ruling | ProFootballTalk
Although other players have taken notice of the Jimmy Graham ruling and adjusted their Twitter profiles accordingly, the Saints tight end* has said nothing to indicate any emotion resulting from the loss of $5.

Would another team make a run at Graham? | ProFootballTalk
After the Saints applied the non-exclusive franchise tender to tight end* Jimmy Graham, he received no interest from a team that could have signed Graham to an offer sheet, ultimately giving the Saints two first-round draft picks if the Saints opted not to match the offer.

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In a way, Reggie Bush, Jeremy Shockey and Darren Sproles helped Saints’ early triumph in Jimmy Graham grievance | Black and Gold

Despite TE/WR ruling, ground still set for new Jimmy Graham contract -
Even though an arbitrator ruled Jimmy Graham is a tight end (he is one!), there's still plenty of room and time for the Saints to work out a deal for their second best player.

Jimmy Graham decision may be costly to Detroit Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron | Detroit Free Press |
Now the Detroit Lions will really want to use Eric Ebron like the New Orleans Saints use Jimmy Graham. Namely, as a lesser-paid tight end and not as a wide receiver.

Quotables: NFLPA not giving up on Jimmy Graham fight, Bills search for Kiko Alonso replacement -
The NFLPA sounds as if it's ready to appeal the decision that Jimmy Graham must be paid as a tight end in 2014. Meanwhile, Buffalo is trying to figure out its defense after the season-ending injury to Kiko Alonso.

Conventional definitions don’t help in Jimmy Graham ruling | Q
Consulting a dictionary and football terms didn't help the arbitrator decide on Jimmy Graham's paycheck.

Jabari Greer not ready for NFL return yet - ESPN
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Trying to understand Payton/Colston’s decision v.s. the Seahawks | The Saints Nation

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Ranking the 2014 New Orleans Saints in the NFC South | Tight ends |
The return of leading receiver Greg Olsen with the addition of fifth-year veteran Ed Dickson from the Baltimore Ravens gives the Panthers a more complete tight end grouping than any NFC South team.

10 Burning Questions: NFC South | XN Sports
1. Should the Saints be considered the favorites to win the division?

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NFL News

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