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Jimmy Graham confirms he’s been tagged

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of  their NFL football game in New Orleans Reuters

All signs have been pointing to the Saints using their franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham for some time and now it’s official.

Graham took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to pass along the word that the team had informed him of their decision to use the tag, which means he joins Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and Jets kicker Nick Folk as confirmed recipients of tags this offseason.

That means the next order of business will be for the NFL Management Council to decide whether Graham should be tagged as a tight end or a wide receiver. Either decision is likely to trigger a grievance because of the nearly $5 million difference in salaries between the two positions and the team’s belief that Graham is a tight end despite rarely lining up tight to the line in their offensive sets.

Once tagged, players and teams have until July 15 to reach agreement on a long-term deal. Teams can rescind the tag before that time if players haven’t signed it, but it seems unlikely that the Saints would do that with Graham regardless of the final ruling on his salary.

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36 Responses to “Jimmy Graham confirms he’s been tagged”
  1. grantsbuds says: Feb 28, 2014 6:05 PM

    It’ll be ok ginger.
    Keep catchin’ the ball.
    It’ll all work out for ya.

  2. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Feb 28, 2014 6:09 PM

    He DEFINITELY doesn’t have it better than me. Kiss the ring, you’ll never win in Seattle.

  3. beastmode5150 says: Feb 28, 2014 6:10 PM

    You would get a contract if you showed up vs tough teams.

  4. packerbackernj says: Feb 28, 2014 6:13 PM

    Tag, youre it

  5. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 28, 2014 6:13 PM

    Tag, I guess I’m it? Really?

  6. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 28, 2014 6:13 PM

    Sign & trade is what I would do if I’m NO. Get a 1st & 2nd and 5th for him, hell yea.

  7. seabrawk12 says: Feb 28, 2014 6:14 PM

    Jimmy you are a TIGHT END. Why is this so difficult to grasp?

  8. somethingsmellsrotten says: Feb 28, 2014 6:15 PM

    Oh boo-hoo…take your millions and shut up.

  9. joecancun says: Feb 28, 2014 6:16 PM

    You’re it.

  10. RavenzGunnerz says: Feb 28, 2014 6:21 PM

    Ever notice how these kind of things never happen in Baltimore?

    Ravens, God’s team.

  11. leatherface2012 says: Feb 28, 2014 6:29 PM

    tag…….you’re not all that

  12. rajbais says: Feb 28, 2014 6:30 PM

    He wants to use a curse word, doesn’t he.

  13. biggestsaintsfanever says: Feb 28, 2014 6:30 PM

    He’s worth every penny the WR tag will bring him.

  14. letmesetyoustraight says: Feb 28, 2014 6:33 PM

    I wonder if it is the exclusive or non-exclusive tag.

  15. mancave001 says: Feb 28, 2014 6:44 PM

    The fact that his agents would even try this is disgusting. He’s a TE. Period.

  16. shaggytoodle says: Feb 28, 2014 6:44 PM

    If you don’t want to get tagged, I would love for the Saints to use their tag on me.

    You got paid, not what you wanted, but is it worth really throwing a hissy fit over?

  17. ranger764 says: Feb 28, 2014 6:51 PM

    somethingsmellsrotten says: Feb 28, 2014 6:15 PM

    Oh boo-hoo…take your millions and shut up.
    ————————————————————–
    So let’s say you worked with a guy named Russ who made Gold coins and a guy named Frank who made Silver coins. Russ makes $100,000 a year and Frank makes $50,000 a year.

    Now you make both gold coins (67% of the time) and silver coins (33% of the time) and your employer asked you to make the same amount as Frank and take $50,000 a year. Might you have a problem with that. I think so somethingsmells.

  18. kvgrekop says: Feb 28, 2014 6:51 PM

    @somethingsmellsrotten “Oh boo-hoo…take your millions and shut up.”

    really? How about at the saints ownership instead “Oh boo-hoo…take your BILLIONS and shut up.”

  19. vikesandravens78 says: Feb 28, 2014 6:52 PM

    Oh boo hoo. Either way you’ll make more money in a year than most of us could only dream of, all while playing a sport. This whole thing irritates me.

  20. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 28, 2014 6:59 PM

    I agree with trading him. They have Benjamin Watson on the team, and while he’s not Jimmy Graham, he’s more than capable. Use the picks to build the defense and maybe snag another TE or WR with the picks. Compared to the average joe he’s a beast, but when another beast in the NFL plays him physical he can’t handle it. Next year I’d expect teams to just hit him over and over, and while he’s not a Gronk like injury risk, he seems to be hurt a lot.

  21. giantsninerswarriors says: Feb 28, 2014 7:10 PM

    Poor guy. I feel so bad for him.

  22. thefiesty1 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:24 PM

    As a tight end or wide receiver? Good grief!

  23. officialgame says: Feb 28, 2014 7:37 PM

    You’re it.

  24. Denver Geldings - Super Bowl Castration... AGAIN!!!! says: Feb 28, 2014 7:41 PM

    Can we make it a rule that these athletes cant tweet anymore… That was the lamest tweet in NFL history. I am a Graham fan, great player, deserves to get paid, but seriously??

  25. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 28, 2014 7:42 PM

    The Broncos should cut Eric Decker and their top two tiedowns and trade for Jimmy Graham. Give Peyton this amazing weapon for his final two seasons. It wouldn’t matter who they had it running back. Go all in.

  26. weekendwarriorko says: Feb 28, 2014 7:43 PM

    Say whatever you want about him showing up or how he plays, but a rule is a rule, the CBA was created for a reason. He lines up more as a WR, pay him like a WR.

  27. njgiants says: Feb 28, 2014 7:43 PM

    I mean his own Twitter profile says the following:

    New Orleans Saints Tight End #80.
    Private Pilot

    Whats the dispute?

  28. datdude84 says: Feb 28, 2014 8:06 PM

    Soft? I agree he struggled against tough physical play and seattle rolled their coverage towards him and took him out the game. But give me a guy anyday who produces 1300 yards and 16tds on one foot. Plantar injury is one of the most painful injuries u can have. Give me a soft playrr likehim all day. He gets tagged and I fight will brew. Then a long term ccontract will be worked out. Cap keeps rising. Good news for the saints and graham.

  29. runninrebel37 says: Feb 28, 2014 8:17 PM

    I dont understand why people get so bent out of shape because he’s looking out for his best interests. If he’s lined up out wide 51% of his plays, then he’s a wideout. These team owners are multi-millionaires and can afford whatever the difference is. He’s worth it. If any other union job it stated in your contract that your job title was lets say, firefighter, but you were constantly acting as a Captain, you’d be expected to be paid accordingly.

  30. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Feb 28, 2014 8:19 PM

    I’m not sure why everyone is complaining. The CBA states that he should be tagged at the position he lines up most at. For Jimmy its WR, he didn’t make the rule and all 32 NFL teams signed off on it. Every single commenter would do the same thing if it meant 5 million dollars in your pocket.

  31. dontbugmeonsundays says: Feb 28, 2014 8:29 PM

    Honestly, I look at him different now after that game against the hawks.

  32. allhailkingflacco says: Feb 28, 2014 8:35 PM

    ranger764 says:
    Feb 28, 2014 6:51 PM

    somethingsmellsrotten says: Feb 28, 2014 6:15 PM

    Oh boo-hoo…take your millions and shut up.
    ————————————————————–
    So let’s say you worked with a guy named Russ who made Gold coins and a guy named Frank who made Silver coins. Russ makes $100,000 a year and Frank makes $50,000 a year.

    Now you make both gold coins (67% of the time) and silver coins (33% of the time) and your employer asked you to make the same amount as Frank and take $50,000 a year. Might you have a problem with that. I think so somethingsmells
    _________________________________

    Or, he could stick with reality, take his millions and shut up.

  33. infinitig says: Feb 28, 2014 9:35 PM

    Drew Brees filed a grievance and ended up getting an extra 4 million back when they put the franchise tag on him. It would be nice for Jimmy to get the same.

  34. stexan says: Feb 28, 2014 10:50 PM

    Just take your millions and shut up? Right, listen to advice from someone who’ll never even have the option.
    Anybody that wouldn’t try for the extra $5 M belongs to the Vince Young School of Personal Finance.

  35. duvalgator says: Mar 1, 2014 8:52 AM

    Pay the man! Why are y’all hatin’? That’s 5mill more in his pocket he could have and it not like the nfl career window is open forever. Get all you can that way you can retire and never stress again. All these damn sideline haters on here whining about him wanting what he’s earned. How bout this, DONT LINE HIM UP AT WR ALL THE TIME AND THIS WOULDNT HAPPEN MR BILLIONAIRE FB TEAM!

  36. realitycheckbaby says: Mar 1, 2014 10:11 AM

    Jimmy is getting the shaft.

    Jimmy is not a tight end.

    Just watch the film.

    Tight ends block.

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