Drew Brees praises 'unique' Jimmy Graham

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says Jimmy Graham is a 'hybrid' - and believes that there has never been a player like him in the NFL.

Graham was drafted as a tight end, but in 2013 lined up for most of his snaps wither in the wide receiver position or in the slot.

The Saints opted to franchise tag the 27-year-old last month - but as a tight end, meaning he will receive around $5 million less than he would had he been considered a wide receiver.

That, plus the huge overhaul process going on in New Orleans which prompted Graham to tweet that he was 'shocked and disappointed' with what was going on has put his future with the franchise in doubt.

Brees opted to sit on the fence when he was asked how he would categorise Graham as a player, but did say that he believed that his team-mate is a true one-of-a-kind.

"He's a hybrid," he said during an interview with ESPN Radio's "The Dan Le Batard Show on Thursday night. "I don't know if there's anybody like him or ever like him."

Graham could still contest the decision to tag him as a tight end in an attempt to land a contract equivalent to the average earnings of the league's top three wide receivers.

However according to ESPN, he would prefer to put pen to paper on a new long-term contract that would make him one of the best-paid tight ends in the league.

"He plays a different position than anybody in the league," Brees said. "So he'll be cutting edge with whatever he gets [paid]. And everybody will try to compare themselves to him five years from now."

He continued: "He's a little bit of everything. He can do it all. Obviously he takes a lot of snaps in a two-point stance, off the ball, split outside, by himself. We move him all over the place."

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