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Jimmy Graham isn't satisfied with the NFL's ruling.

The New Orleans Saints star has appealed the league's arbitration decision that he is a tight end for franchise tag purposes, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per a source with knowledge of the situation. Graham wishes to be considered a wide receiver.


Graham filed the appeal hours before the Monday night deadline. A three-member appeals panel will oversee the case under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement.

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled earlier this month that Graham is indeed a tight end. Under the franchise tag for the position, Graham would make $7.053 million in 2014, compared to $12.3 million for receivers. Graham had filed a grievance arguing that he should be designated as a wide receiver because he spent more time out wide and in the slot than at the line of scrimmage.

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Old 07-14-2014, 05:07 PM   #2
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Just when we thought it was over...
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Ikr... I was thinking the same thing, well we still have time to sign him till tomorrow!
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All the confidence a long term deal would get done just got crushed.

I thought the initial arbitration was a little ridiculous given that he IS a TE and shouldn't have had to have all that for him to be deemed so. But to appeal the arbitrators decision? That's just foolish.
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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints and franchise player Jimmy Graham are "closing in" on a deal that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in league history.

Reports of a long-term deal have been seconded by FOX Sports and Profootballtalk. The sides have until Tuesday to finalize a long-term agreement. If talks fall apart, Graham would be forced to play out 2014 under the tight-end franchise tag (though he's appealed his tag as a tight end). Graham will blow by the $16 million guaranteed — the most for any current tight end — Dennis Pitta and Jared Cook earned in their recent deals.

Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter

Well... this is a little awkward.
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All the confidence a long term deal would get done just got crushed.
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Lol. This is getting crazy! Maybe Mickey and Jimmy are waiting to the last second just to mess with everyone.
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Lol. This is getting crazy! Maybe Mickey and Jimmy are waiting to the last second just to mess with everyone.
That is how Mickey typically does these things... I love the guy but damn he stresses me out with this stuff LOL.
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A deal will get done, this move was the only leverage left for Graham's agent to try at the 12 mil
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