Appeal of Graham ruling not expected

AP

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.

30 responses to “Appeal of Graham ruling not expected

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Graham deserves a better team.

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

  5. 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…

  6. 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!!”

  7. 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!!!!

  8. 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…

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

  10. 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.

  11. …and by injure I mean deliberately injure.

    That players get hurt playing football, everyone understands.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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