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NFLPA Files grievance for Saints star

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Jimmy Graham is fighting for his right to get paid the big bucks.

Graham has been in a well-publicized fight with the New Orleans Saints over his franchise tag designation, since early March.

The team wants to franchise him at the tight end rate, which is $7.035 million, but Graham claims he's entitled to $12.3 million, the tag for wide receivers.

Today, the NFL Players Association filed a grievance, on behalf of the fourth-year player, using some specific language from the 2011 collective bargaining agreement.

According to The Times-Picayune website,, the CBA states that players salaries are calculated at the position "at which he participated in the most plays during the prior League Year."

That same report says Graham only lined up at tight end 33 percent of his time on the field, while at wide receiver 66 percent of his snaps. 

If the two sides cannot agree, and independent arbitrator will decide the case.

The extra $5 million is crucial for the Saints, as they are close to being over the salary cap, even before the NFL draft.

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