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Why Jimmy Graham should be classed as a tight end

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Jimmy Graham seems committed to having his cake and eating it. 

The New Orleans Saints number 80 is happy to be labelled a tight end when playing in the pro-bowl or being voted as an All-Pro. It's fine when that is happening.

But as soon as it comes to money, the 27-year old deems it an insult to be called a TE and instead believes that he should be counted as a wide receiver. How convenient for him.

Graham even calls himself a tight end on his own twitter account!

The Saints have now officially tagged Graham as a tight end. He is expected to fight this decision and appeal.

Under the 2014 salary cap, a tight end placed with a franchise tag will make $7.035 million compared to a tagged receiver who will earn $12.312 milllion. That's a $5.277 million difference and one that most people would complain about in that position.

But it is the double standards that Jimmy Graham thinks he is entitled to that annoy me and many others the most.

Let's see how Graham measures up to to the wide receivers who also received All-Pro honors this season. 

The five receivers that made the All-Pro team - Calvin Johnson, Josh Gordon, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Antonio Brown - averaged 94 catches for 1,499 yards.

In comparison, Graham caught a rather meager 86 passes for 1,215 yards. Yep, he probably wouldn't have made the cut. But i'm sure he won't be complaining about this any time soon. 

If Graham does win and is given receiver money then he should immediately be compared to all other receivers automatically. He should also give up the awards and recognition he is received as a tight end, but yet again he won't do that.

And what about when it comes to Hall of Fame time. If Graham does become truly elite in the league and comes in for recognition then will he line up against Tim Brown, Marvin Harrison, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens etc. 

Is he going to want to go against those guys? Don't count on it. 

I don't mind Jimmy Graham wanting wide receiver money, he has an argument. 

But don't expect to be named to the Pro-Bowl or All-Pro as a tight end ever again.

Let Graham have his cake and eat it, he may live to regret it.

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