New Orleans Saints Tight-End/ Wide Receiver Jimmy Graham has been the source of a lot of headlines during this off-season, either because of the Saints franchise tag, the definition of his actual playing position or his controversial tweet about the players leaving the Saints.
After being slapped with the franchise tag by New Orleans, his agent and the franchise began the debate over just where does Graham play on the football field?
This article is more about his tweet in which he claimed to be: "Shocked and disappointed on everything that's gone on this offseason."
True, the Saints have released some big names from the team this off-season like veteran Wide Receiver Lance Moore.
But was Graham too quick to criticise the decisions made by the Saints?
When you look at it realistically, three cuts make perfect sense, OL Will Smith, CB Jabari Greer and LB Jonathan Vilma were all veterans returning from significant injuries and even with an improved salary cap, would have been unneeded expenditures.
On the offensive side of the ball, Moore being cut and the trade of Runningback Darren Sproles were once again, done so the Saints could gain some cap room.
One major positive is the contract extension signed by Runningback Pierre Thomas which although the details haven't been disclosed, is surely structured to aid the Saints with the salary cap.
Thomas is a great player to have for an offence that tends to favour play action and screen plays as he can often pick up those crucial extra yards.
Sentiment aside, the loss of Moore may not be a massive blow to the Saints offence either as they do have a player capable of being a full time No.2 in Kenny Stills.
Despite Stills, Its fairly common knowledge that New Orleans is an offence which relies heavily upon its base personnel such as Runningbacks and Tight-Ends.
All of the deals done by the Saints thus far, could be a sign of them moving to a more traditional form of offence which leaves the impression they may be suspecting another franchise will trade two first draft picks for Graham.
Should that happen they will then surely use their two first round picks to take a Tight-End and a Wide Receiver.
So the Saints have lost a fair amount of players and to many it may have seemed like the core of their team was disappearing, but is it really all bad news for the team from the big easy?
Well for starters, there is the franchise tagging of Jimmy Graham.
Yes, it was reported that he didn't want it, yes there is a lot of debate over just how much money he will receive based on his actual position but Jimmy Graham appears to be staying in New Orleans!
That is a great boost for the offence as he is one of their key players and its easy to see why, so theres one big thing to shout about Saints fans.
What about Pierre Thomas?
Had both Sproles and Thomas left the Saints in this off-season then it would have left them in desperate need of a Runningback who can be counted on quite heavily.
But Thomas signed a contract extension so again, theres something to shout about.
And then the third big positive for the Saints this off-season is the signing of former Buffalo Bills Safety Jairus Byrd.
Byrd was considered the top free agent in the NFL by some prior to the opening of the market and his signing for the Saints was a big statement to the fans.
So its not all bad for the New Orleans Saints and perhaps Jimmy Graham will live to eat his words which set Twitter alight when they first hit the internet.
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