Report: Saints haven’t reduced their $9.5 million offer to Jimmy Graham

According to,  even though Jimmy Graham has been officially ruled a tight end and will only get $7 million under the franchise tag,  the Saints haven’t dropped their offer of $9.5 million per year.

Contrary to reports, suggestions, and/or speculation that Wednesday’s ruling from arbitrator Stephen Burbank re-set the negotiations on a long-term deal between the Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham to square one, a source with knowledge of the discussions tells PFT that the Saints have not reduced or yanked their offer.

The Saints haven’t, and won’t, use the ruling that Graham is a tight end for franchise tag purposes to alter a proposal that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, with a package worth $9.5 million per year.

Despite the ruling, it seems like the Saints realize they need to pay Graham more then your average tight end.


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