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Appeal of Graham ruling not expected

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Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has until 4:00 p.m. ET to file an appeal of the arbitration decision concluding that he’s a tight end, not a receiver, for franchise-tag purposes.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s currently unlikely that an appeal will be filed.

According to the source, no steps have been taken to direct the NFLPA to file the notice of appeal on Graham’s behalf.  With less than an hour to go until the ability to appeal the decision is waived, it strongly suggests that there will be no appeal.

Which strongly suggests that a long-term deal is coming.  With a long-term deal, Graham wouldn’t need to roll the dice on the $5.3 million in 2014 salary that would come from a successful appeal.

If no appeal is filed, it means that Graham will either sign a long-term deal by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET or be eligible for a one-year, $7 million contract in 2014.  With the Saints offering a deal worth $9.5 million per year and presumably at least $15 million if not much more in fully-guaranteed money at signing, it would be a surprise if Graham doesn’t take the rather large bird in the hard.  Especially if as of 4:00 p.m. ET he officially stops chasing the much larger bird in the bush.

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30 Responses to “Appeal of Graham ruling not expected”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jul 14, 2014 3:20 PM

    Graham deserves a better team.

    Give the Vikings our deserved Lombardi Trophy in 2009.

    Bounty Gate Cheaters.

  2. saints25 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:24 PM

    Jimmy’s in NOLA now…

  3. ausernamethatisavailable says: Jul 14, 2014 3:30 PM

    Any team that fumbles 9 times in the NFCC game does not deserve a Lombardi. At least you are not dwelling on it though.

  4. thevikesarebest says: Jul 14, 2014 3:32 PM

    Those cheating aints,cheating jimmy out of his money just like they cheated us out of a SB ring.#bountygatenation.#vikingoffense>youroffense.SKOL

  5. outlaw53 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:41 PM

    whaaaa….those poor vikes still whining about getting stuffed by the Saints. WHat have they done since that playoff game? Not much….#sorelosers

  6. tlw109 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:54 PM

    Stuffed by the Saints??? Even with all of the turnovers, the Vikings would have won the game if Brett hadn’t brain faded at the end of regulation.

  7. saintmike6453 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:56 PM

    Viking fans troll every post ridiculously, get over it , nobody wants to play for your team , you do not have the best team and you will not be in the playoff hunt to

  8. kevco1956 says: Jul 14, 2014 3:59 PM

    sore sore losers, check see if Farve comes back, a few more licks on him wouldn’t hurt.

  9. saintmike6453 says: Jul 14, 2014 4:00 PM

    Graham deserves a better team.

    Give the Vikings our deserved Lombardi Trophy in 2009.
    ———————————————————————- What are you smoking !!!!!!!! Wahwahwahwah

  10. canmannac says: Jul 14, 2014 4:00 PM

    You Vikings still going at it huh? a sweet 0-4 in the da big game, and those sweet 9 fumbles in the da Big Easy. Shouldn’t you be asking “Why ponder passing when you can try a 53 yrd field goal?”

    As for Jimmy, he’ll sign don’t worry. And if he doesn’t he wouldn’t go to crap team up the Mississippi…

  11. burtmurphy1 says: Jul 14, 2014 4:03 PM

    He’s going to sign. Just a matter of when.

    Sucks to be him though. (Not really, he will still make 9.5 or so)

  12. justintuckrule says: Jul 14, 2014 4:03 PM

    Holdout Jimmy. That team is screwed without you.

  13. brokebackbrees says: Jul 14, 2014 4:11 PM

    I agree with the Poet.. Vikings totally got cheated out of a super bowl by that classlees bounty program. Get out of that dump jimmy!!

  14. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 14, 2014 4:13 PM

    The Saints won that game fair and square. Even if there was a bounty, that’s not why the Vikings turned the ball over 5 times!

    “But why do you even ponder passing? I mean you could take a knee, and try a 56 yard field goal! This isn’t Detroit man this the the Super Bowl!!”

  15. noringsforvikings says: Jul 14, 2014 4:13 PM

    No team has a sorrier fan base than the Vikings.

    SKOL = Sorest Kinds of Losers

  16. mdd913 says: Jul 14, 2014 4:14 PM

    ‘THIS IS NOT DETROIT, MAN! THIS IS THE SUPER BOWL!!”

  17. veetan says: Jul 14, 2014 4:16 PM

    PLEASE! Nobody give the Vikings fans a thumbs down on their comments about the ’09 NFC Championship game. Why? Because we don’t want to discourage them from making those types of posts on the Saint’s website.

    It’s like the gift that just keeps on giving. Every time I read those maniacal comments, I hear their announcer blow up on air when Tracy Porter picked Farve off and put the dagger in their heart, “Why would you even ponder passing?! This isn’t Detroit, man – it’s the SuperBowl!”

    Then I get to relive that glorious moment all over again – even 4 years later. Such great memories and so much fun!!!!

  18. mdd913 says: Jul 14, 2014 4:16 PM

    YOU COULD TAKE A KNEE!!! AND KICK A 56 YARD FIELD GOAL!!!

  19. bhlobos says: Jul 14, 2014 4:19 PM

    I’ve always thought that my fellow Seahawk fans have been over the top about the whining about our Superbowl loss. This Viking whining, however, takes the cake… just wow…

  20. robert831 says: Jul 14, 2014 4:27 PM

    Jimmy stick it to the Taints! Force the trade, they don’t deserve you.

  21. granadafan says: Jul 14, 2014 4:30 PM

    The Vikings fans have now surpassed the Redskins fans as the worst in the NFL. Seattle fans are a very close second.

  22. metrymudbug says: Jul 14, 2014 4:34 PM

    Try explaining how the Saints cheated when Tagliabue vacated the accused player’s suspensions because he found no evidence that they injured or even attempted to injure anyone at any time.

  23. metrymudbug says: Jul 14, 2014 4:39 PM

    …and by injure I mean deliberately injure.

    That players get hurt playing football, everyone understands.

  24. tigger0924 says: Jul 14, 2014 5:08 PM

    Minnesota Vikings that’s funny

  25. crownontherocks says: Jul 14, 2014 5:24 PM

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Saints and franchise player Jimmy Graham are “closing in” on a deal that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in league history.

  26. Jason Fore says: Jul 14, 2014 5:26 PM

    Wrong. Just filed an appeal. Solid work, guys.

  27. saintswin says: Jul 14, 2014 6:05 PM

    Viking Fans “YOU LOST” for the ONE MILLIONTH time the NFL does not give the Lombardi Trophy to LOSERS!

  28. jjgautreaux says: Jul 14, 2014 6:22 PM

    Man will all you cry baby vikings fans shut the eff up. You lost. Get over it.

  29. wintermute00 says: Jul 14, 2014 6:28 PM

    I remember when the Vikings fans were crying a river forever that the Giants stole their signals and thus cheated them out of the NFC championship game in the 2000-2001 season.

    Always someone else’s fault never theirs. They also don’t bother that they still would’ve had to be a very good Indianapolis team that year to get their “deserved” Super Bowl.

  30. kingbrees9 says: Jul 14, 2014 6:37 PM

    6 year 63 million dollar deal just signed

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