Jimmy Graham RUMORS & NEWS

  • Jimmy Graham: Have to stop dunks

    ESPN.com "Jimmy Graham stopped short of saying he regrets his goalpost dunks from Friday night, which drew two penalty flags and led to a shouting match between the New Orleans Saints tight end and coach Sean Payton on the sideline. But Graham insisted Sunday that he "would never do anything to hurt the..." August 18

  • Jimmy Graham, Saints Agree to Deal

    ESPN.com "Tight end Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract. Graham announced the agreement via Twitter on Tuesday morning. Terms of the deal have not been announced. The two sides came down to the wire before the Tuesday 4 p.m. ET deadline..." July 15

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    Chris Mortensen @mortreport

    So @TheJimmyGraham breaks news ...sources say Saints & TE have agreement in principle but contract language still being worked on.

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Saints and Jimmy Graham closing in on long-term deal to make him highest-paid TE in NFL history. Now optimism deal done by Tues deadline.

  • Jimmy Graham agrees to multi-year deal with Saints

    USA Today "The Jimmy Graham franchise tag saga is over. Graham announced early Tuesday on Twitter he has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the New Orleans Saints, hours before a deadline for hashing out a long-term deal. "It's official I'm bleeding black and gold this morning!" Graham..." July 15

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Saints TE Jimmy Graham has officially appealed the ruling that stated he’ll be paid as a franchise-tagged TE not WR, source said.

  • Jimmy Graham, Saints at 'ground zero' in negotiations

    NFL.com "Now that Jimmy Graham is locked in as a tight end under the franchise tag, the question is whether he can agree to a long-term contract with the New Orleans Saints by the July 15 deadline for franchised players. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday's edition of NFL Total Access..." July 03

  • Former New Orleans Saints receiver Lance Moore on Jimmy Graham ruling: 'PAY THE MAN!!!'

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Consider Lance Moore in disagreement with with the NFL arbitrator's ruling in the Jimmy Graham case. As the former New Orleans Saints receiver said on Twitter: "Just ... PAY THE MAN!!!" Moore said that if being positioned within the four-yard slot outside either offensive tackle is what..." July 03

  • Ravens' Dennis Pitta avoided grievance route that Saints' Jimmy Graham took, and lost

    Baltimore Sun "The Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta were thankful to avoid the legal standoff that just unfolded between the New Orleans Saints and star tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham lost a grievance hearing Wednesday as NFL arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled that he's officially a tight end and only eligible..." July 03

  • Sean Payton testified at Jimmy Graham hearing

    Pro Football Talk "Things got a little awkward, to say the least, when Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently suggested that the team’s offense will be fine with or without tight end* Jimmy Graham. Things got a little more awkward at Graham’s grievance hearing. Per multiple sources, the case against Graham’s..." June 28

  • Sharpe: Graham should be first tight end to make $10 million

    NFL.com "Jimmy Graham's arbitration hearing remains one of the key storylines during this dead period before training camp. With the New Orleans Saints player arguing he should be paid at a wide receiver-level -- rather than at the tight end level, which yields $5 million less -- players in hybrid roles..." June 25

  • Report: Twitter bio used vs. Saints' Graham

    ESPN.com "One of the NFL's arguments for why Jimmy Graham shouldn't receive the franchise tender as a wide receiver is the fact he lists himself as a tight end on his Twitter bio, according to a report. Graham's grievance hearing began Tuesday and is expected to conclude Wednesday. At stake is whether..." June 18

  • Decision on Jimmy Graham's arbitration expected in 5 to 7 days

    NFL.com "While the New Orleans Saints toil away in organized team activities this week, the organization's star tight end is about to find out if he's actually a wide receiver. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Jimmy Graham's long-awaited system arbitration will commence Tuesday, launching a..." June 18

  • Don't blame Jimmy Graham for playing hardball with Saints

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "It's amazing how fast fans turn on their heroes during contract negotiations. Many turned on Drew Brees two years ago and now even more are criticizing Jimmy Graham for his aggressive stance in contract talks with the New Orleans Saints. Once beloved, Graham is now belittled. He's been..." June 14

  • Saints' Jimmy Graham a franchise tight end, clearly not a wide receiver

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Barring a seismic shift in their positions over the next week, the New Orleans Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham will conduct a $5 million debate starting June 17. The two sides will argue whether Graham should be deemed a tight end or a wide receiver under the franchise tag rules, which pay a..." June 13

  • Brees believes Saints would be fine without Jimmy Graham

    Sporting News "Drew Brees isn’t hanging his cap on Jimmy Graham. It’s not that the Saints quarterback doesn’t value and appreciate the fact that he has arguably the game’s best tight end — or is it receiver? — on his roster. It’s more about Brees being a realist: If Graham holds out in an extended contract..." June 12

  • NFL source: NFLPA's Graham beef a 'cash grab'

    ESPN.com "With Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing scheduled to begin one week from Tuesday, a league source indicated that the NFL Management Council will make a strong counter-argument against the NFL Player Association's claim that he should be considered a wide receiver instead of a tight end for..." June 10

  • Vernon Davis: Pay Jimmy Graham like a WR

    ESPN.com "San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who is angling for his own contract extension, said he believes that the New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham deserves more than just a tight end franchise-tag salary. "I think Jimmy Graham is trying to make an informed decision as far as his contract. He..." June 05

  • On Super Bowl trip, the Saints unearthed a gem named Jimmy Graham

    The Advocate "When the Saints traveled to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV at the end of the 2009 season, they didn’t just capture their first NFL championship. They also seized the inside line on a draft prospect who blossomed into one of the best players in franchise history: Jimmy Graham, at whose campus the..." May 04

  • Saints GM: No deadline for Graham deal

    ESPN.com "New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis shot down the notion Wednesday that the Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham will aim to strike a new deal by the middle of this month. A report by Pro Football Talk last month cited a source as saying the two sides would try to reach a long-term..." April 10

  • Jimmy Graham vows to lead the league in penalties

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has passed what surely will be known as the Jimmy Graham rule. And Graham plans to break it. Repeatedly. “I guess I’ll have to lead the NFL in penalties next year!” Graham said on Twitter after the NFL passed a rule banning the goal post dunk. Graham’s tweet was accompanied by an..." March 26

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    Paul Pabst @PaulPabst

    Just in. The NFL will not allow dunking the ball over the goal post next season. It will be a penalty. Cannot use the ball as a prop.

  • Still no Graham grievance, nearly three weeks after tag was applied

    Pro Football Talk "It’s been nearly three weeks since the NFL’s Management Council decided that Jimmy Graham should be treated as a tight end for franchise tag purposes. To date, Graham has not filed a grievance challenging the designation. The labor deal gives him 50 days from the application of the tight end..." March 23

  • Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham: 'Be patient'

    CBSSports.com "Drew Brees knows about negotiations with the Saints under the franchise tag. They're not easy, and they're not fast but they can pay off in a big way. So when Brees speaks to tight end Jimmy Graham, he probably has good advice. Like "be patient." "I just told him be patient," Brees told..." March 22

  • Saints GM on Jimmy Graham: 'I'm sure we'll get something resolved'

    CBSSports.com "As expected, the Saints used the franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham. But unlike the Panthers and Greg Hardy -- who has already signed his franchise tender -- don't expect Graham to rush to put ink to paper for a one-year deal that will pay him $7 million as a tight end instead of the $12.3..." March 04

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Reality for #Saints & franchised TE (or WR) Jimmy Graham: They won’t see him for a while. Don’t expect him to show up until it’s resolved.

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    If I'm the Seattle Seahawks or Green Bay Packers, I'm willing to sign TE Jimmy Graham to an offer sheet and to give up two 1's to get him.

  • Saints could lose Graham with non-exclusive tag

    CBSSports.com "Not only have the Saints franchise tagged Jimmy Graham -- which will likely result in a fight about whether Graham should be classified as a tight end or a receiver -- but New Orleans reportedly has raised the possibility that Graham might not even play for the Saints in 2014. That's because,..." March 02

  • 10 things to know about the Jimmy Graham franchise tag

    Pro Football Talk "Now that the Saints have applied the franchise tag to tight end Jimmy Graham, plenty of things can happen over the next four months or so. Here are 10 things to know about the situation, which could get more and more interesting as time goes by. 1. The Saints don’t designate the..." March 01

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    No great surprise, but the Saints will use their franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham before Monday’s deadline, per a league source.

  • Report: Saints, Graham still several millions dollars per year apart

    Pro Football Talk "With six days to go until the deadline for applying the franchise tag, the Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham remain far apart on a long-term contract. According to Mike Garafalo of FOX Sports, the current gap stands at several million dollars. Per year. Garafolo pegs the likelihood of..." February 26

  • Most likely to be franchise tagged: Graham tops likely targets

    CBSSports.com "Patience is the word in the NFL this time of year. No one is in a rush. The franchise tag period has begun, but there is no need to slap anyone with the tag just yet. There are a host of 2011 draft picks who will end up getting their fifth-year options picked up, but, again, don't expect to see..." February 21

  • Graham grievance would take NFL into uncharted waters

    Pro Football Talk "If/when the Saints apply the franchise tag to tight end Jimmy Graham and if/when (when) Graham instantly challenges the notion that he’s a tight end, the pin will be pulled on a grenade with shrapnel that can fly in many different directions. Ultimately, the outcome could be that Graham is an..." February 19

  • Saints, Jimmy Graham on the clock as franchise tag period opens

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The clock is officially ticking for the New Orleans Saints to negotiate a long-term deal with tight end Jimmy Graham. Teams were allowed to place the franchise tag on one of their players beginning Monday. They have until the March 3 deadline to use the tag. The Saints will almost undoubtedly..." February 18

  • Jimmy Graham says he’s not sweating his contract

    Pro Football Talk "Jimmy Graham is heading into an offseason that may feature a lengthy contract negotiation and a fight with the Saints about the position he plays, but he says he’s not sweating it. Graham said today that he’s approaching the offseason the way he always does, working out and preparing for the..." February 14

  • Saints suggest signing Jimmy Graham will cost them talent

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is fully aware of the challenges of free agency this offseason. The contract status of All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham will continue to be a major hurdle in how the Saints move forward in free agency. Payton said in an interview on Fox Sports 1 on Friday that..." February 09

  • Saints Jimmy Graham Deserves Wide Receiver Salary

    Canal Street Chronicles "As we're already well aware of, the Saints are prepared to use the franchise tag on Jimmy Graham if a long-term deal isn't reached before the tag deadline. We also know there probably won't be a long-term deal in place before the tag deadline. Ergo, it's very likely the Saints are going to tag..." February 04

  • Brees wants Jimmy back

    Pro Football Talk "Two days after Saints quarterback Drew Brees called Jimmy Graham a tight end, a term that carries a certain sensitivity given the looming application of the franchise tag, Brees made it clear that, regardless of label, Brees want Graham to remain with the team. Appearing on Friday’s edition of..." February 01

  • Brees says Graham is a tight end, not a receiver

    Pro Football Talk "As the Saints and tight end Jimmy Graham draw battle lines over whether tight end Jimmy Graham should be considered a tight end or a receiver for purposes of the franchise tag with $4.5 million hanging in the balance, quarterback Drew Brees has offered an opinion. And Graham probably won’t like..." January 29

  • Jimmy Graham 'not keen' on tag

    ESPN.com "Jimmy Graham does not seem thrilled about the prospect of receiving the New Orleans Saints' franchise tag. Graham addressed recent comments made by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, who acknowledged that he would prefer to reach a long-term deal with the star tight end but said New Orleans..." January 26

  • Saints will franchise tag Jimmy Graham if necessary

    NFL.com "Saints tight end Jimmy Graham earned the No. 1 spot on Around The League's top 25 free agents for 2014, but New Orleans isn't planning to let him test the market. General manager Mickey Loomis told reporters Tuesday at the Reese's Senior Bowl that the team will use their franchise tag on Graham..." January 21

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    WWL-TV Sports @wwltvsports

    #saints gm Mickey Loomis said the team will franchise tag Jimmy Graham if the ten has to. In other words, he's not going anywhere.

  • Saints could have cap issues re-signing Jimmy Graham

    SB Nation "The New Orleans Saints are paying the price for being a very good, competitive team. Literally. Years of smart drafting and deft free agent signings have made the team competitive for the better part of a decade, with a Super Bowl coming in 2009. Now, the franchise is trying to figure out how..." January 15

  • Michael Bennett calls Jimmy Graham 'soft,' 'overrated'

    SB Nation "Before Saturday's Divisional round game, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham did a little school yard jawing with some players from the Seahawks. He knocked off someone's chapeau, but it never lived up to the scrape Twitter made it out to be. However, Graham gave the kids at home a good lesson about..." January 12

  • Graham has pregame altercation with Bruce Irvin

    Pro Football Talk "More than an hour before kickoff, the fun had started in Seattle. According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham got into a pregame skirmish with several members of the Seahawks on the playing surface at CenturyLink Field. Graham reportedly..." January 11

  • Graham trackers: Eagles plan for big TE

    ESPN.com "If you’re looking for signs the Eagles can handle New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, you won’t find much comfort in Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. Tight end Jason Witten caught 12 passes for 135 yards in a game the Eagles hung on to win, 24-22. Graham is bigger..." January 01

  • Saints' Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham finish in top 10 overall in Pro Bowl fan voting

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and tight end Jimmy Graham ranked in the overall top 10 of the final Pro Bowl fan balloting results with the selections to be announced Friday night. Brees finished as the second-highest vote-getter in the NFL behind only Denver's Peyton Manning. Graham..." December 27

  • Sherman vs. Graham?

    ESPN.com "Two of the NFL’s elite players may duel head to head tonight. Or maybe not. It depends on whether the Seahawks decide to use their best cover cornerback, Richard Sherman, on the Saints’ most dangerous weapon, tight end Jimmy Graham. Defenses have tried that approach a few times this season, to..." December 02

  • Saints' offense thrives despite limited snaps from Jimmy Graham

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Saints exploded offensively last week against Dallas, putting up 49 points, breaking a franchise single-game record with 625 yards and an NFL single-game record with 40 first downs. And one of the most potent skill players in the league played a minuscule role in the..." November 16

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    Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

    Jimmy Graham moving fine in warmups, seems jacked up. Lot of toughness shown by the ex-basketball player to keep playing through pain.