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Still no Graham grievance, nearly three weeks after tag was applied

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It’s been nearly three weeks since the NFL’s Management Council decided that Jimmy Graham should be treated as a tight end for franchise tag purposes.  To date, Graham has not filed a grievance challenging the designation.

The labor deal gives him 50 days from the application of the tight end version of the tag to file a grievance.  Both the team and Graham’s agents have remained tight lipped over the last few weeks, amid speculation that negotiations on a long-term deal are proceeding.

Absent a long-term deal, it would be a shock if a grievance isn’t filed before April 22, the 50th day after the determination that Graham is a tight end for tag purposes.  And if a grievance is filed, the outcome will hinge on whether Graham’s snaps taken while lined up in the slot are deemed snaps taken as a tight end or a receiver.  With 45 percent of his total snaps taken from that position, the bucket into which those snaps land will determine his status for tag purposes.

Meanwhile, any team interested in giving up a pair of first-round picks for Graham could sign him to an offer sheet.  Through nearly two weeks of free agency, no one has shown an interest in that possibility.

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15 Responses to “Still no Graham grievance, nearly three weeks after tag was applied”
  1. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 22, 2014 4:00 PM

    All part of the process.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 22, 2014 4:04 PM

    It’s too early in the process and there’s no reason for him to file a grievance since he has an expectation of getting a favorable deal from the team or from some other team if the Saints can’t make the offer right for him. The grievance is arguably an irrelevant step since one of those two outcomes is almost a sure thing to happen. It would only be a useful step if he wants to stay with the Saints with an extreme priority and not have to negotiate his exit to another team as his backup option. The lack of a grievance just increases the odds that he doesn’t return to the Saints and that is leverage in itself.

  3. larryjames836 says: Mar 22, 2014 4:08 PM

    Jimmy Graham should just take highest paid tight end in the NFL, nothing wrong with that. It’s going to be hard get receiver pay when your contract call for tight end.

  4. robert831 says: Mar 22, 2014 4:08 PM

    I can’t wait for this to blow up on the Taints!

  5. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Mar 22, 2014 4:10 PM

    Perhaps Graham does feel aggrieved.

  6. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Mar 22, 2014 4:11 PM

    Perhaps not.

  7. ariani1985 says: Mar 22, 2014 4:16 PM

    Maybe he realized that he sucks?

  8. gbmickey says: Mar 22, 2014 4:51 PM

    Its only surprise to attorneys themselves. Just wish articles like this would quit promoting this type of stuff and keep lawyers out of it. The system of sports is getting so ridiculous because everyone wants to litigate every little thing they don’t agree with.

  9. nonyt says: Mar 22, 2014 5:02 PM

    “It’s too early in the process and there’s no reason for him to file a grievance since he has an expectation of getting a favorable deal from the team or from some other team if the Saints can’t make the offer right for him.”

    He said it would be done immediately. Three weeks isn’t immediately.

  10. nfl4days says: Mar 22, 2014 5:12 PM

    Maybe the saints releasing those players and trading sproles gave him an idea of what his contract does to the team.

  11. 25cuts says: Mar 22, 2014 5:20 PM

    The saints will piss him off and he’ll go somewhere else eventually.

  12. SeenThisB4 says: Mar 22, 2014 5:51 PM

    Perhaps, he doen’t want to go anywhere else, sometimes the simplest possibility is correct.

  13. coliv1977 says: Mar 22, 2014 6:09 PM

    The Dolphins should bite the bullet and trade the picks. They never draft well anyway

  14. buffalosaint says: Mar 22, 2014 6:58 PM

    Jimmy will be back in Black and Gold breaking goal posts in Atlanta next year.

  15. silentcount says: Mar 22, 2014 9:11 PM

    Any other team could have selected him in the draft instead of the Saints. Sean Payton and Drew Brees have alot to do with his success, and he knows that. Jimmy will continue to be a Saint while his agent will keep trying to get as much money for himself that he can. Nothing else to see here people, just move along. There’s no chance of your team getting him.

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