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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; New Orleans Saints star tight end Jimmy Graham is entering the last year of his rookie contract and as a result of his great play, he is extremely underpaid at $1.3 million. The Saints obviously want to keep their young ...

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:48 AM   #1
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NFL Rumors: Jimmy Graham Looking To Become The Highest Paid Tight End In The NFL

New Orleans Saints star tight end Jimmy Graham is entering the last year of his rookie contract and as a result of his great play, he is extremely underpaid at $1.3 million. The Saints obviously want to keep their young star and when it comes time to give him a new contract, and Graham could be looking for a contract that would make him the highest paid tight end in the NFL.

As of right now, the highest paid tight end in the NFL is Dallas Cowboysí tight end Jason Witten, with a salary worth about $7.4 million a year. If the Saints were to franchise tag Graham, he could make about $6 million with the tag, but it is rumored that Graham has his eyes set a little higher than that.

Specifically, Graham could be looking for a new deal that would pay him around $10-$12 million a year. With a deal like that, he would certainly be the highest paid tight end in the NFL, but the question would remain, is he worth it?

Graham is absolutely worth the money because he is one of the best tight ends in the NFL. Furthermore, Graham plays more of a wide receiver role with the Saints as he often lines up in the slot. The franchise number for a wide receiver is about $10 million, so it would make sense for Graham to be seeking that amount of money give his role in the Saintsí offense.

However, there is no time frame for Grahamís deal to get done and if the Saints want to keep him, they will have to do it before the next off-season, when Graham becomes an unrestricted free agent.

The Saints will likely have to work something out during the 2013 season for Grahamís new contract. With the Saints current salary cap situation, his deal will have to wait, but when it is all said and done, Graham could very well be the highest paid tight end.

Alejandro Aviles is the Featured Writer for the New Orleans Saints at Rant Sports @aaviles312

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:52 AM   #2
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Re: NFL Rumors: Jimmy Graham Looking To Become The Highest Paid Tight End In The NFL

He'd have to go to a team like the browns or chiefs to accomplish that but good luck

Complete rumour at the minute, whilst he's with us he will not be given the highest salary for a TE
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Offer him a new deal if he doesn't accept trade him.We can't afford to loose him got nothing.
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Re: NFL Rumors: Jimmy Graham Looking To Become The Highest Paid Tight End In The NFL

so far one season of production does not give him the right to clam that. top 5 ok. top dollar? lets see what 2013 brings.
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Re: NFL Rumors: Jimmy Graham Looking To Become The Highest Paid Tight End In The NFL

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so far one season of production does not give him the right to clam that. top 5 ok. top dollar? lets see what 2013 brings.
Well said.

Top 5? Yep.

Top TE in the entire NFL? Nope.
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Re: NFL Rumors: Jimmy Graham Looking To Become The Highest Paid Tight End In The NFL

I'm guessing the person who wrote this article's source is Jason Cole of yahoo... who was just speculating.
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Re: NFL Rumors: Jimmy Graham Looking To Become The Highest Paid Tight End In The NFL

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Well said.

Top 5? Yep.

Top TE in the entire NFL? Nope.
He needs quite a few less drops and more YAC for that.
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We don't look at this until the end of the 2013 season.
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Re: NFL Rumors: Jimmy Graham Looking To Become The Highest Paid Tight End In The NFL

If he has highest yards and 7-10 TD season, he should be highest paid going into 2014.
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We don't look at this until the end of the 2013 season.
+1. Even the thought of Jimmy 'Dickens' going else where would make me sick.
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