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New Orleans Saints place franchise tag on Jimmy Graham

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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham appears to have confirmed that he has been franchise tagged via Twitter.

The 27-year-old would have been a free agent in March, but the Saints were never likely to let him walk away into a rivals' arms for nothing.

Graham led the league with 16 touchdown catches last season, and according to reports was being offered a deal in excess of $9 million.

However they had been negotiating with Graham over a new contract - but last weeks reports suggested that talks had stalled and now he's seemingly confirmed he is staying put for the time being.

He wrote: "Confirming it's officially Franchisefriday... TAG ... I guess I'm it..."

After Graham's tweet, USA Today revealed they had spoken to a spokesman from the Saints who confirmed that the tight end had been tagged, although there is no official confirmation coming out of New Orleans as yet.

The details of the deal should be revealed over the coming days, but that is unlikely to be the end of the matter.

Saints general manager Micky Loomis has previously insisted that he will be tagged as a tight end, where he would earn around $6.8 million - the average of the top three earners in that position.

However Graham is likely to argue that he should be getting wide receiver money having lined up for the majority of his snaps in that position, where he would be in line to receive $11.6 million-per-season.

It's been suggested that Graham would take his case to the league in order to be recognised as a wide receiver, although as yet there is no sign of that happening. Watch this space.  

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