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WHAT IF? Jimmy Graham gets WR Designatin?

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Question put out the B&G family. It is reported Graham lined up as a tight end 33% of the time, “in the slot” 45% of the time, and as an outside receiver on 22% of his plays. Based on ESPN ...

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Old 02-22-2014, 07:14 AM   #1
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WHAT IF? Jimmy Graham gets WR Designatin?

Question put out the B&G family.

It is reported Graham lined up as a tight end 33% of the time, “in the slot” 45% of the time, and as an outside receiver on 22% of his plays. Based on ESPN Stats

Granted there are a ton of fine hairs to split here especially in the slot. How close to the OT does he line up and on the line vs off the line of scrimmage and on and on and on. So lets say he wins here is the question

What would you do if Jimmy Graham gets the WR Designation from the NFL?

- Tag for wide receiver is projected to be 11.5 to 11.7 million, while the number for tight ends is around 6.7 million

- Contract with $11 million tender based on the average salary of guys like Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson.


Good article on this topic at

Jimmy Graham, Dennis Pitta, and the Tight End Franchise Tag | The Big Lead

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Its difficult and imo the front office should be able to get clarification how he would be tag prior to tagging him.At WR levels I would be going the non exclusive option as that is far too much. I wouldn't like to be paying him anything over 8ml a year.
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I don't want to pay thru the nose for the guy. He isn't the "beast" he used to be and people can easily remove him from the game now. Although it takes a good DB... but it can be done.
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The other way to look at that is that whatever CB is line upped with Jimmy isn't on another WR. Its up to others to make the opposition pay.
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one ten million dollar a year man is enough. look at the complication it causes with the cap. i hate to lose him but i am sure they have what if feelers out there.
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Let him go. He's disappeared when we've needed him most.
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We'll cave and overpay, and overpay a lot.
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This is a BS argument that is drummed up by the media to make and sensationalize a normal contract dispute..... LOL... If this is the case many defenders could claim the position where they could claim the best paycheck.... in the end... He is a TE.... Loomis won't overpay for his services and if they won't budge on their position the Saints will get two first round picks
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Re: WHAT IF? Jimmy Graham gets WR Designatin?

Originally Posted by lee909 View Post
Its difficult and imo the front office should be able to get clarification how he would be tag prior to tagging him.At WR levels I would be going the non exclusive option as that is far too much. I wouldn't like to be paying him anything over 8ml a year.
The response from the "League Office" will be to refer the Saints FO to the CBA.
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We should do a non exclusive franchise and try to get two first round picks. I think that is the best move for the saints because I think if we get a good enough pick a guy like Eric Ebron would be great. He is a Vernon Davis like tight end with his great speed.
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