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Jimmy Graham could sign a new deal in a month

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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham could sign a new long-term contract in the next month according to reports.

The 27-year-old was set to become a free agent but was franchise tagged by the Saints to avoid him hitting the open market while talks over a new long-term deal continued.

Little progress looked to have been made during negotiations, and when Graham tweeted that he was unhappy with the amount of players coming and going in the offseason doubts started to appear over his future at the franchise.

However according to Pro Football Talk, Graham could put pen to paper on a new deal in mid-April and end any speculation over his future.

If that does prove to be the case then it would save both parties a lot of extra work.

As it stands Graham and his team are yet to contest the Saints decision to tag him as a tight end rather than a wide receiver - which has cost him around $5 million.

Graham lined up for the majority of his snaps away from his regular position and is said to considering taking his case to the league to get a third-party ruling.

A new deal would avoid his situation getting messy, and the Saints will reward him for committing his future to the franchise by handing him the biggest ever deal for a tight-end, worth in excess of the $9 million-per-year contract handed to Rob Gronkowski.

That's less than the $12 million he would roughly earn if he was tagged as a wide receiver, but according to Pro Football Talk their is a willingness from both parties to get the issue sorted. 

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