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

AP

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.

15 responses to “Still no Graham grievance, nearly three weeks after tag was applied

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. “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.

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

  6. 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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