Jimmy Graham and the NFLPA have an ongoing battle against the New Orleans Saints over the franchise tag placed on him. Graham is a Tight End, but his production is that of a top ten receiver. Last year he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns with 16, and had 86 receptions gaining 1215 yards, which would place him just on the outside of top ten.
The difference in the franchise tag between a wide receiver and a tight end is right around five million dollars. A wide receiver is tagged at 12.3 million and a tight end is tagged at seven million at present.
The NFLPA’s argument is based on the amount of time Graham lines up where a wide receiver normally would, which is 67 percent of the time. The main arguments from the NFL and Saints are that Graham meets in the tight end room, lines up at times where tight ends line up, and that he lists himself as a tight end on Twitter.
The NFLPA has expressed confidence in their argument. The numbers show Graham is the most productive top tight end, matches up against the top receivers, and is a league wide superstar, but the NFL is set to pull out all the stops to save 5 million dollars.
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