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Two days after Saints quarterback Drew Brees called Jimmy Graham a tight end, a term that carries a certain sensitivity given the looming application of the franchise tag, Brees made it clear that, regardless of label, Brees want Graham to remain with the team.

Appearing on Friday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show, Brees channeled his inner Tom Cruise and climbed on furniture to profess his devotion to Graham.

“I want Jimmy back!” Brees said.  “I want Jimmy Graham back!”

As we surmised the other day, Brees surely didn’t intend his remarks to Erik Kuselias of NBC Sports Radio to reflect an assessment of whether Graham should be tagged at the tight end level or the much more lucrative (by roughly $4.5 million in 2014) receiver range.

“It doesn’t really matter what I say,” Brees said.  “That has no bearing on the rules of how he’s designated.”

Brees is right.  The labor deal contains a very basic formula, hinging the classification on the position at which Graham took the most snaps.  The Saints will argue that the modern tight end position includes having the player line up tight to the tackle at times and in the slot at times and wide at times.

In the end, and barring a deal between the Saints and Graham, an arbitrator will resolve the situation.  Unless someone else offers Graham a long-term deal the Saints choose not to match, accepting a pair of first-round picks instead.

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43 Responses to “Brees wants Jimmy Graham back”
  1. lightcleric says: Feb 1, 2014 2:33 PM

    Really hoping Brees restructures/takes a pay cut to help with Jimmy’s contract. Those two are extremely close-knit and I hope that helps out with making something happen.

  2. fdugrad says: Feb 1, 2014 2:33 PM

    Who can blame him?

  3. irishgary says: Feb 1, 2014 2:34 PM

    good tell the Prima Donna to take a pay cut

  4. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 1, 2014 2:36 PM


  5. kordogg says: Feb 1, 2014 2:37 PM

    Hopefully the Saints don’t do Brees like the Patriots did Brady. Keep his targets or pay the consequences.

  6. beastmode5150 says: Feb 1, 2014 2:39 PM

    Except when they play the Seahawks.

  7. rubenxx7 says: Feb 1, 2014 2:40 PM

    Ofcourse he does and maybe next time he will showup against seattle !

  8. oldlthrneck says: Feb 1, 2014 2:45 PM


  9. ariani1985 says: Feb 1, 2014 2:46 PM

    Brees wants him back like green bay doesn’t want a soft quarterback. And turd bay wonders why they have lost 10 straight vs the vikes!
    Who’s ur daddy!

  10. JackedUpSports says: Feb 1, 2014 2:50 PM

    no, no he doesnt want him back

  11. captainwisdom8888 says: Feb 1, 2014 2:51 PM

    Jimmy Graham can do just about anything that a WR can do, and when you add his superb blocking skills and just overall physicality…he looks like a man amongst boys at times. He truly fears no one, and presents humongous (literally) matchup problems for the defense. If I had my pick of any receiver in the NFL, I would take Calvin Johnson, AJ Green, or Julio Jones…but outside of those 3 guys I believe that Jimmy Graham is the very best receiver there is.

  12. dickshotdogs says: Feb 1, 2014 2:54 PM

    Talib owned him.

  13. garrison1981 says: Feb 1, 2014 2:54 PM

    Sign &Trade Suh for Graham

  14. pone27 says: Feb 1, 2014 2:56 PM

    Soon as I read the headline, first word that I thought of:


  15. shutupbrees says: Feb 1, 2014 2:56 PM

    Brees wants him back for his own selfish reasons. So he has another outlet to dump his 5 yard passes to 60 times per game.

    Brees is a phony in my book. Hes backtracking cuz hes coming off like a tool the way Favre did when he butchered Javon Walkers career.

  16. doubleogator says: Feb 1, 2014 2:57 PM

    RE: Hopefully the Saints don’t do Brees like the Patriots did Brady, Keep his targets or pay the consequences. That’s easier said than done with the cap in place. I’m a Saints fan, and still a Brees fan, but not as much as I was before he held out for every penny he could squeeze out of the team. He should have given that more consideration last year. I understand trying to get what you can but you can’t have it both ways, unfortunately…

  17. shutupbrees says: Feb 1, 2014 2:58 PM

    And Jimmy Graham is more of a WR than that brontosaurus Marques Colston

  18. realitycheckbaby says: Feb 1, 2014 2:59 PM

    Jimmy doesn’t like to be hit.

  19. sparky151 says: Feb 1, 2014 3:04 PM

    If the Saints tag Graham as a TE and the arbitrator rules he’s a WR, wouldn’t he become a free agent? Why would the Saints get a second chance to tag him as a WR? During the uncapped year, players needed 6 years of service to become free agents. Some teams tagged 4 and 5 year players who were out of contract as RFAs. When a new CBA was reached the teams didn’t get a chance to retag those players with franchise tags. See Jonathan Joseph for example. So isn’t the practice in the NFL to use the correct tag or lose the player?

  20. vaphinfan says: Feb 1, 2014 3:07 PM

    Aww that’s so sweet

  21. joshhatesthesteelers says: Feb 1, 2014 3:11 PM


  22. crik911 says: Feb 1, 2014 3:15 PM

    garrison1981 says: Feb 1, 2014 2:54 PM

    Sign &Trade Suh for Graham


    Maybe you should have a drug test, there is no way anyone would trade for Suh at the end of his contract, especially when signing Jimmy to a long term deal. Use your head.

  23. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 1, 2014 3:17 PM

    The Saints can save some money be reworking the Brees contract and then having him take every snap from the Holder position to start every play, then just call only fakes where he either stands up and hands the ball off or gets ready to throw a pass. What’s the going rate for a Holder? Drew Brees starting from a kneeling position plus the money savings would be worth it! And don’t even try to call him a QB, here’s the playbook see the titles on all these pages? They are all variants of Holder Fake Run and Holder Fake Pass. The CBA says he’s not a QB, but he’s a shoe-in for the MVH award.

  24. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 1, 2014 3:19 PM

    Calvin Johnson can’t understand why the Lions are asking him to run his pass patterns while lined up in the fullback position.

  25. bert1913 says: Feb 1, 2014 3:25 PM

    who’s jimmy?

  26. doubleogator says: Feb 1, 2014 3:29 PM

    Why Bash Marcus Colston, he’s one of the best receivers to ever wear a Saints uniform, and he doesn’t try to draw attention to himself like so many other WR’s in the NFL, he produces and does it with class….

  27. thebirdofprey2 says: Feb 1, 2014 3:38 PM

    Did you just say Jimmy Graham superb blocking skills?????

    Give me some of that black and gold kool-aid!!

  28. buckybadger says: Feb 1, 2014 3:40 PM

    The only thing fair is to make it a pass catching franchise tag. They already group all the linemen in together might as well do it for the TEs now. The difference between the top guards and tackles in the league is far greater than having a top TE or WR now. Guys like Graham are TEs in name only.

    Graham will be a Saint. I just can’t see him getting away.

  29. davemvh says: Feb 1, 2014 3:41 PM

    Graham would fit in well in Foxboro.

  30. Shinnbone says: Feb 1, 2014 3:45 PM

    “Brees wants Jimmy Graham back”

    Not exactly breaking news here?

  31. richardmswartz says: Feb 1, 2014 3:49 PM

    They lost the game, but the Eagles and their subaverage defenes actually did a good job of holding Graham in check too.

  32. mrlaloosh says: Feb 1, 2014 3:50 PM

    Wow. “shutupbrees”. Bitter much. You need to get a life, dude. And nobody cares what a Lions fan called the stratergypervert thinks. Go Tigers! Only hope for Motown.
    Of course future HOFer Drew Brees wants Jimmy Graham back. 1,200 plus yards and 16! Touchdowns. What QB wouldn’t.

  33. chawk12thman says: Feb 1, 2014 3:57 PM

    Jimmy said he was going to play with Brees and retire when he did. Said it on the sidelines during a game that was captured on NFL SoundX . Not sure he will actually do that based on his being designated by Drew as a TE, who can catch when everyone sees that he is really a WR who can block.

  34. ghlatty says: Feb 1, 2014 4:11 PM

    As a Saints fan, I love Drew but there comes a time where these great players are going to cost their teams championships. You have to leave something in the kitty for the other players. I hope Drew is the quality guy who thinks that as long as the team isn’t hoarding money, it’s fine to take a little less to keep core players.

  35. shutupbrees says: Feb 1, 2014 4:14 PM

    I may have been too hard On Colston.

    Brees is still a ninny

  36. theparadoxx82 says: Feb 1, 2014 4:19 PM

    We ALL want him back.

    I especially want to see him and Brees eat a third of the Saints’ cap space.

    I love how people think drew will do anything to help, he held out for a single million that he was never going to see anyways,

  37. sdnative1904 says: Feb 1, 2014 4:25 PM

    We want Brees to laser off that mole.

  38. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 1, 2014 4:51 PM

    Lol. In response to Bruce Irvin’s, “Who are you?” He replied, “I’m Jimmy.” And subsequently disappeared for the entire game. Saints could sign 3 or more players with the money they’re about to waste on this egomaniac.

  39. pearlms says: Feb 1, 2014 7:45 PM

    Every Saints fan knows that the 25 defensive players cost more in cap money than the other 28 players. That is the way it was last year and this year, and that will be the way it is next year. BTW, Jimmy can’t block well so he takes a defender or two away from where the play is going.

  40. mattseas says: Feb 1, 2014 7:52 PM

    Jimmy Graham is deserving of slightly more than Gronk, like $60 mil over 6 years. Calvin Johnson money (over $100mil) just isn’t worth it with the Saints cap. They’re already going to be restructuring and cutting several players to get under the cap.

  41. dfco74 says: Feb 1, 2014 10:45 PM

    They will have to franchise him to jeep him I hear he wants to return to south flirida to play with a real QB

  42. scatface says: Feb 2, 2014 8:15 PM

    A lot of saints haters here. Lets fill you in. Brees is the ONLY QUARTERBACK to ever have MULTIPLE 5000+ YARDS SEASONS. Peyton Manning just got his only one this year and sadly beat Brees’ longest, but who cares. Drew deserves every penny. Nevertheless, get Jimmy back. Thank God for Drew Brees! WHO DAT!!! Lots of love everybody!

  43. sarentack says: Feb 3, 2014 12:10 AM

    Theirs plenty of fat to trim to get it done.

    Roman Harper and Will Smith frees up plenty, these 2 are after thoughts as far as I am concerned.

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