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Saints News, Independence Day '14: Saints Haven’t Reduced Offer to Graham

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There seems to be conflicting reports regarding where contract negotiations currently are between the Saints and Jimmy Graham. Some say negotiations are at 'ground zero' and others say the Saints have not reduced their original $9.5 million offer. Mike Florio writes, "The Saints haven’t, and won’t, use the ruling that Graham is a tight end for franchise tag purposes to alter a proposal that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, with a package worth $9.5 million per year. The Saints likewise have no animosity or frustration to Graham for attempting to advance an interpretation of the labor deal that would have entitled him to a franchise tender of $12.3 million. The team understands that those efforts are part of the business of the sport, and the team believes that Graham’s camp realizes the same thing regarding the team’s efforts to keep the franchise tender at $7 million."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Saints have not reduced or yanked their $9.5M/year offer to Jimmy Graham after arbitrator&#39;s ruling <a href="http://t.co/4xna5x78xA">http://t.co/4xna5x78xA</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/statuses/485036728487407618">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Happy Fourth of July! <a href="http://t.co/d4pEk1gQAn">pic.twitter.com/d4pEk1gQAn</a></p>&mdash; College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) <a href="https://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay/statuses/485075586650365952">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Take a moment today to thank and follow the true <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/USArmy">@USArmy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/USMC">@USMC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/USNavy">@USNavy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/usairforce">@USAirForce</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/USCG">@USCG</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DeptofDefense">@DeptofDefense</a> <a href="http://t.co/aNoVzbjmwl">pic.twitter.com/aNoVzbjmwl</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/485078013965398016">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Happy 4th of July everyone! <a href="http://t.co/dpiTyLZ6zB">pic.twitter.com/dpiTyLZ6zB</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/statuses/485086984738594816">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>What says Independence Day more than watching France Vs. Germany in the World Cup?!&#10;-SG</p>&mdash; steve gleason (@TeamGleason) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamGleason/statuses/485094488130719745">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Happy 4th of July everybody!!! Have a great day n be safe out there.</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/485115829889933314">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Happy 4th everyone... Enjoy your day and be safe.</p>&mdash; jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) <a href="https://twitter.com/jairusbyrd/statuses/485117042995892224">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Been in cabo San Lucas for the week... Lost track of the days thanks to <a href="https://twitter.com/MarvinJonesJr">@MarvinJonesJr</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MychalKendricks">@MychalKendricks</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DHendrickson41">@DHendrickson41</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/statuses/485118845292519425">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>4th of July BBQ celebration!! Who coming? <a href="http://t.co/FRe2v9Zcn6">http://t.co/FRe2v9Zcn6</a></p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/statuses/485126285061283841">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Happy 4th! Today, I celebrate our independence yet mourn for those who never experienced it. <a href="https://t.co/ud9pfK2MPD">https://t.co/ud9pfK2MPD</a> <a href="http://t.co/Z65JO8rkvd">pic.twitter.com/Z65JO8rkvd</a></p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/485095318468317185">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Though all SHOULD be free, it is still a privilege to enjoy freedom in one&#39;s lifetime. We must remember the COST, so we value the TREASURE</p>&mdash; Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenjaminSWatson/statuses/485134754757353472">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Less than a month away before we get back to work! I know yall ready for some FOOTBALL! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AmericasSport?src=hash">#AmericasSport</a>… <a href="http://t.co/8Zze4OPoKX">http://t.co/8Zze4OPoKX</a></p>&mdash; Reggie Bush (@ReggieBush) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReggieBush/statuses/485148007269425153">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Happy 4th everybody. Remember, if you&#39;re going to fight a war in the woods don&#39;t wear red coats, it&#39;s a dead giveaway.</p>&mdash; Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) <a href="https://twitter.com/JayGlazer/statuses/485075127667658752">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The 4th used to be my favorite holiday to celebrate behind Christmas, but now..... I guess I&#39;m too old</p>&mdash; Terron Armstead (@T_Armstead72) <a href="https://twitter.com/T_Armstead72/statuses/485070490440978433">July 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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