New Orleans Saints, Jimmy Graham Agree to Contract Terms

by Arthur Vandelay on July 15, 2014

graham-webAfter a protracted negotiation that has been closely followed by the press and fans alike, the New Orleans Saints and Jimmy Graham have finally come to terms on a new contract.

With all eyes on him, and on the day of the deadline, it was Jimmy Graham himself who broke the exclusive news on Twitter. “It’s official I’m bleeding black and gold this morning! thank you WhoDatNation for all the support,” the veteran tight end tweeted just before 8am this morning.

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One of the greatest tight ends in NFL history, Graham was assigned the franchise tag, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent for one year. During that year, Graham would have played under a limited contract, albeit worth circa $7 million, leaving him exposed in the case of injury.

Complicating matters was a grievance filed by the NFL players’ union on behalf of Graham that challenged his designation as a tight end. Last year on the field, Graham lined up frequently as a receiver. There, he had a team high 1215 receiving yards and an NFL-best 16 touchdown catches. The grievance argued that he should have been tagged as a wide receiver with a one year contract worth $12 million. Graham was ruled a tight end by the NFL.

None of that matters now that an agreement has been reached. The official details have not yet been announced, but Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported that the deal will make Graham the NFL’s highest paid receiver ever.

Saints fans are just glad Jimmy’s back.