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New Orleans Saints make no progress with Graham contract talks

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The New Orleans Saints are no closer to tying Jimmy Graham down to a new contract, with reports suggesting the two parties are 'millions apart' from agreeing a new deal.

Graham, who as it stands will soon become a free agent, led the way with caught touchdown passes in the 2013 regular season.

Few expect the Saints to let him walk away and into the arms of a rival for nothing - and the idea of using the franchise tag on the tight end has been mooted.

However before it comes to that, the Saints are trying to agree a long-term contract - but according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, they remain some way off being able to do that.

According to FoxSports, the Saints are willing to offer him more than the $9 million tight-end Rob Gronkowski takes home - plenty more than he will receive if he is tagged in that position.

However he is in line to take home a much bigger salary than that if he is considered by the Saints as a wide receiver - where he lined up for the majority of his snaps last season.

Saints general manager Micky Loomis has previously insisted that if it comes to it, Graham will be tagged as a tight end and receive the average salary of the top three earners in that position.

However if that is the case the 27-year-old is likely to take his case to the authorities in order to be recognised as a wideout.

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