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Itís been more than a week since Jimmy Graham lost his grievance hearing as the result of a July 2 decision, but thereís been no indication that heís exercised his right to an appeal yet (he was given 10 days to do so). Separately, the deadline for Graham to sign a long-term contract extension with the Saints in time for 2014 is right around the corner, and no dealís been announced.

Both the Saints and Grahamís representatives declined to speak about either matter on the record Wednesday. But donít worry, say two former NFL agents who have been closely watching this offseason saga ó odds still seem strong that Graham will end up under contract for years to come, even if itís right at the 3 p.m. deadline July 15.

To prevent Graham from becoming an unrestricted free agent when the four-year contract he was given as a rookie expired in March, the Saints handed him a one-season franchise tag worth more than $7 million and designated him a tight end.

But because he lined up mostly as a slot receiver in 2013, when he led the Saints with 1,215 receiving yards and the NFL with 16 touchdown catches, Graham filed a grievance through the players union contending he should get a wide receiver tag worth some $5 million more.

NFL system arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled Graham was a tight end. Burbank arrived at the decision in part after hearing testimony from Saints coach Sean Payton that Graham was treated by opponents and New Orleans like a tight end.

Graham has not signed the tag, and some speculated Paytonís role in the grievance hearing might impede contract negotiations. Yet ex-agents Joel Corry and Joe Casale donít subscribe to that.

Casale lauded the capabilities of Grahamís agent, Jimmy Sexton, and said Sexton would get Graham to understand that NFL head coaches are management. That differs from Major League Baseball, where coaches are a part of the players association, said Casale, who represented NFLers for 14 years.

ďThereís no way (Payton) wasnít going to testify,Ē Casale said. ďThatís his job.Ē

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Old 07-11-2014, 02:04 PM   #2
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Its gonna happen today at 4:00. Just a hunch. Then LeBron will leave Cleveland again and sign with us.
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I have no doubt in my mind Jimmy will get a deal done...I just wish they would do it already and get the damn thing over with.
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What was I thinking, he cant steal LeBron's glory today. I guess it will be on Monday at 2:45.
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I'll be so glad to have this behind us.
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I'll be so glad to have this behind us.
Just like the Brees deal, and just like the next deal, and the one after, and the next one and ...

This is all part of the business of the multi-billion dollar industry of professional football. We all need to not worry and let it be. With the rising caps these days and the latitude that GM's can use these deals should be fairly meaningless to us as fans as long as we have the player.
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It happens every year. It will get done.
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