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Saints re-sign Graham, Harris


Days after cutting three players, the Saints have now re-signed four of their looming free agents.

Via Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the NFLPA website indicates that both kicker Shayne Graham and tackle Bryce Harris are under contract for 2014.

The website does indeed reflect that, which means both players have signed new one-year deals.

Graham gets $955,000, the minimum for a player with 10 or more years of experience. Signed after the Saints gave up on Garrett Hartley, Graham kicked the game-winning field goal in the wild-card round at Philly, delivering the first road playoff win in franchise history.

Harris, an exclusive-rights free agent, signed for $570,000, also the minimum for a player in his third year.

Previously, the Saints re-signed defensive end Keyunta Dawson and cornerback Trevin Wade, who also was an exclusive-rights free agent.

Other Saints free agents include tackle Charles Brown, safety Rafael Bush (restricted), defensive end Kenyon Coleman, fullback Jed Collins (restricted), center Brian de la Puente, tight end Jimmy Graham, linebacker Parys Haralson, linebacker Will Herring, linebacker Ramon Humber, safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Tom Johnson (restricted), receiver Robert Meachem, quarterback Luke McCown, recevier Joseph Morgan (restricted), tackle Zach Strief, and linebacker Jonathan Vilma, whom the Saints have announced will not be re-signed.

The biggest name of the bunch belongs to Graham, and a fight is looming on the question of whether he’s a tight end or a receiver for purposes of the franchise tag.

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19 Responses to “Saints re-sign Graham, Harris”
  1. crewdawg says: Feb 15, 2014 9:10 AM

    holy misleading title batman

  2. canetic says: Feb 15, 2014 9:11 AM

    They signed the wrong Graham.

  3. omniscient48 says: Feb 15, 2014 9:33 AM

    Damn . I thought this would be about Jimmy Graham!!

  4. winninaintsinnin says: Feb 15, 2014 10:13 AM

    Who’s Jimmy?

  5. 4allintensivepurposes says: Feb 15, 2014 10:26 AM

    Here I am, thinking they signed Earnest Graham.

  6. kardiackids says: Feb 15, 2014 10:28 AM

    Who’s Jimmy Graham? – Seattle Seahawks defense.

  7. buccaboo says: Feb 15, 2014 10:41 AM

    They need 14 draft picks to replace all of those players

  8. 4ever19 says: Feb 15, 2014 10:41 AM

    First road playoff win in franchise history? What about that little game we like to call the Super Bowl, which my beloved Colts gave away through a combination of bad play and bad coaching decisions?

  9. fballguy says: Feb 15, 2014 10:52 AM

    That was intentional.

  10. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 15, 2014 11:36 AM

    Re-signing that K was a mistake. He missed in the playoffs after coach dumped Hartley. This guy has been on what, seven teams? Dumb.

  11. bcajun says: Feb 15, 2014 11:47 AM

    Hope they sign Bush to a deal hes been a really good #3 safety for us

  12. musicman495 says: Feb 15, 2014 12:18 PM

    The looming Jimmy Graham “fight” should actually be a fairly straightforward procedure, just as it was in the case of Brees and the Saints disagreeing over how many times Brees had been given the franchise tag before (including once in San Diego). The Saints will franchise Graham as a TE, he will appeal to an arbitrator that he is a WR, and the arbitrator will rule – probably for the Saints. Either way, Graham is not going anywhere, and will re-sign long term for big bucks some time before training camp. The only question is whether the two sides can keep from shooting their mouths off in the press in a way that damages their long term relationship. The Saints and Brees were able to do that for the most part and live together happily, and at this point, who even remembers the Brees history I just recapped?

  13. kd75 says: Feb 15, 2014 12:20 PM

    I too was duped by Graham in the headline…

  14. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:09 PM

    I have been made a fool.

  15. str8infamous says: Feb 15, 2014 3:23 PM

    I would automatically assume the arbitrator is gonna rule in the Saints favor, if you recall Ravens LB Suggs filed a grievance when they tagged him as a LB & He felt he should’ve been tagged as a DE. The team knew the arbitrator was gonna rule in Suggs favor, so they folded & gave Suggs a DE loaded contract right before he ruled. Plus if you look at the language in the CBA in black & white it specifies where the player lines up on the field and they’re participation amount in those locations. Jimmy Graham has led the Saints in yrds & catches for 3 out of his 4 seasons under contract. If they go the Ravens route on this they’ll lose & lose big.

  16. nwfisch says: Feb 15, 2014 3:39 PM

    The Saints signed Moonlight Graham?

  17. doubleogator says: Feb 15, 2014 3:59 PM

    Very very misleading Robin…

  18. giarretti says: Feb 15, 2014 6:34 PM

    Problem is Jimmy is one of the best TE’s.
    He is a mediocre Wide Receiver.

  19. djachammer says: Feb 15, 2014 10:49 PM

    Ha-Ha I see What you did there. Shady real Shady.
    Stay classy PFT.

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