• New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham's grievance ruling near, plus Drew Brees' impact | Morning NFL links

    Summary of 19 articles · Updated Jul 3, 2014
    The ruling Wednesday by Stephen Burbank is setback for Graham, agent Jimmy Sexton and the NFL Players Association; they had filed a grievance arguing that Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag. New Orleans An arbitrator has sided with the New Orleans Saints in ruling that Jimmy Graham can be considered a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag designation. With Burbank's ruling handed down, Graham will remain a tight end for franchise tag purposes. Although Graham lined up either in the slot or out wide on 67 percent of his snaps last year, Burbank agreed with the New Orleans Saints and the NFL Management Council, who argued that the tight end position has always involved a combination of splitting out wide to run pass routes and staying in to block especially in today's modern passing offenses. If those players are consistently described and treated as tight ends and if they line up more times within four yards of the tackle than anywhere else a slot receiver who plays really well and becomes a free agent could be retained via the far cheaper tight end franchise tender.
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      An arbitrator sided with the New Orleans Saints in ruling that Jimmy Graham can only be considered a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag designation.
      Source: nytimes.com
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    • Time for New Orleans Saints, Jimmy Graham to come together | Jeff Duncan

      The parameters are now set for long-term contract talks.
      Source: nola.com
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      The Saints' Jimmy Graham and the NFL Players Association were dealt a setback Wednesday when an arbitrator ruled that he can only be considered a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag designation.
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    • Saints' Jimmy Graham loses case, creating possible consequences for Lions' Eric Ebron

      An arbitrator has sided with the New Orleans Saints in ruling that Jimmy Graham can only be considered a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag designation.
      Source: detnews.com
    • Four yards save Saints more than $5 million

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    • Arbitrator Rules Jimmy Graham A Tight End, Costing Him $5.3 Million

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    • Complete ruling from Stephen Burbank on New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham being deemed a 'tight end'

      Burbank points to position title, and even social media profiles as a reason for his ruling
      Source: nola.com
    • NFLPA will “carefully determine” next steps in Graham case

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    • New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham ruled a tight end, league confirms

      The wide receiver tag, with its one-year salary of about $12 million is significantly higher than the $7 million tight end tag.
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