New Orleans Saints star Jimmy Graham has filed a grievance through the NFLPA claiming that he should be recognized under the franchise tag as a wide receiver, not a tight end.
The Saints franchise tagged Graham back in March as a tight end, which would pay him a mandatory salary of $7.05 million for this season. However, if he were to be tagged as a wide receiver, that number would jump to $12.3 million.
Graham has a legitimate case and a very good chance to win his grievance. He lined up in the slot or on the outside on 67% of the snaps he played last season, which is more conducive to a receiver than a tight end.
The next step in the process is for the NFLPA and the managers’ council to find a third-party to be the arbitrator. The winner of the hearing will ultimately gain leverage when it’s time to talk about a long-term deal. There is no timetable as of now for when a hearing is actually going to be scheduled.
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