With last week’s grievance falling in their favor, the Saints have the upper hand in their negotiations with tight end Jimmy Graham.
We should find out this week how heavily they want to wield that hand.
According to Ed Werder of ESPN, more negotiations are expected this week between the Saints and their for-sure (pending appeal) tight end.
As we’ve noted, the Saints never pulled their previous offer of $9.5 million a year, which falls between the $7 million he’d make on the one-year tight end franchise tag and the $12.3 million for a year he was seeking as a wide receiver.
The deadline for reaching a deal on a long-term contract with Graham is next Tuesday, so it makes sense that they’ll take this week to get back to work on the long-term deal which would benefit both sides.