• New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson is confident a deal with Jimmy Graham will happen, just not right away

    Summary of 6 articles · Updated Mar 26, 2014
    Pelicans and Saints owner Tom Benson and members of the Saints' front office react as it is announced that five Saints made the Pro Bowl during the game between the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans at the New Orleans Arena on Friday, Dec. Orlando, Fla. New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson feels confident a long-term contract for the franchise-tagged tight end Jimmy Graham will come to fruition at some point this offseason. Owner Tom Benson expressed confidence that his New Orleans Saints will be able to close the deal on two of the biggest issues facing his franchise and city this offseason re-signing tight end Jimmy Graham to a long-term contract extension and bringing the Super Bowl back to New Orleans in 2018. With that in mind, Benson didn't necessarily agree with a report from Pro Football Talk stating Graham and the Saints could reach a long-term deal by the time Graham's camp can file a grievance with the league by the April 22. I plan on being there shaking a few hands just to make sure," Benson said. Benson said he doesn't believe the infamous "blackout" inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII will hurt New Orleans' chances after the rest of the week was so successful. "I feel good about it. He also quickly agreed with the outlook of Graham's contract negotiations lingering for a while similar to the way Drew Brees' contract talks loomed over the team in 2012. NFL executives are in the middle of spring meetings in Orlando, Fla., and news has been periodically trickling out all
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    • New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton figures anxious moments will pay off with Jimmy Graham like they did with Jairus Byrd

      Payton is confident a deal will occur with Graham eventually this offseason
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    • Saints roundup: Benson on Graham, SB LII

      Owner Tom Benson expressed confidence that his New Orleans Saints will be able to close the deal on two of the biggest issues facing his franchise and city this offseason -- re-signing tight end Jimmy Graham to a long-term contract extension and bringin…
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  • What should Jimmy Graham's new touchdown celebration be?

    Slamming the door on the dunk has outraged Saints fans
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    • Jimmy Graham can't dunk, 'No Fun League' strikes again: What do you think?

      Share your thoughts on the NFL's latest assault on individuality
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  • Another popular NFL touchdown celebration is now a penalty

    On Tuesday, NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino told The Dan Patrick Show that dunking the football over the goalpost, one of the most popular touchdown celebrations for taller receivers and tight ends, will draw a flag.

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