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  Saints | Champ Bailey not a lock    Wed Jul 30, 01:37 PM

New Orleans Saints CB Champ Bailey is not guaranteed to make the final roster.

Footballguys view: Bailey battled through a Lisfranc injury last year with the Broncos and didn't look like his old self. If he doesn't make the Saints, then perhaps a return to Denver as a reserve player would be in order.

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  Saints | Two offensive players return    Tue Jul 29, 11:48 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (back) and OT Tavon Rooks (back) returned to practice Tuesday, July 29.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd practices    Tue Jul 29, 04:34 PM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) practiced for the first time this offseason Tuesday, July 29. Byrd will gradually make his way back and did not take part in full-team drills.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd injury update    Tue Jul 29, 02:13 PM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) had surgery in the spring to create space in his spinal cord to help alleviate bruising.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd activated    Tue Jul 29, 10:42 AM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Footballguys view: Byrd is one of the most talented safeties in the league today. Having him on the back end of the Saints defense will provide a tremendous boost. The Saints obviously believe in him as they signed him to a six-year, $54 million contract earlier this offseason.

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  Saints | Two split reps at center    Mon Jul 28, 06:54 PM

New Orleans Saints C Tim Lelito and C Jonathan Goodwin split reps at center with the first-team offense during practice Monday, July 28.

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  Saints | Two expected back soon    Mon Jul 28, 06:52 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (back) and OG Ben Grubbs (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, July 28, but head coach Sean Payton said both should return to the field in the next few days.

Footballguys view: Meachem's role with the team will be what it was last time around. He'll be a deep threat to stretch the field, and his fantasy value should be rather low. The highest Meachem ever ranked during his previous time with the Saints was WR22 in the 2009 season when he posted 45 catches for 722 yards and nine touchdowns. He shouldn't get half that (especially the touchdowns) in 2014.

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  Saints | Two sitting    Mon Jul 28, 09:24 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (back) and WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps) are out of practice Monday, July 28.

Footballguys view: Stills and Meachem's absence will help first-round pick Brandin Cooks gets more time with the ones. Let's also watch deep threat Joe Morgan as he attempts to get all the way from a torn ACL suffered in camp last year.

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  Saints | Robert Meachem not practicing    Sun Jul 27, 09:36 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Sunday, July 27.

Footballguys view: Meachem is a seasoned veteran who can get down the field in a hurry. He's battled plenty of injuries during his pro career, and he may see a few scheduled "days off" during his time in camp. This is not uncommon for certain veterans around the league.

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  Saints | Kenny Stills sits    Sun Jul 27, 09:25 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps) is not practicing Sudnay, July 27.

Footballguys view: Stills is a talented second-year pro who could emerge with the Saints this year. The team added Brandin Cooks in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, and the rookie will compete with Stills to be the starter opposite Marques Colston this year.

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  Saints | Kenny Stills not practicing    Sat Jul 26, 09:11 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (quadriceps) is not participating in practice Saturday, July 26.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd placed on PUP list    Fri Jul 25, 04:47 PM

The New Orleans Saints placed FS Jairus Byrd (back) on the team's Physically Unable to Perform List Friday, July 25.

Footballguys view: This after Saints coach Sean Payton said he expected Byrd to be cleared "sooner" than "later." Still, the hope was Byrd would be ready by camp - it wasn't an expectation. So while it feels like a setback, it isn't. He should be back before Week 1.

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  Saints | Drew Brees wants to play until he is 45    Fri Jul 25, 04:32 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he would like to play until he is 45 years old. "No doubt. There's no question," Brees said. "I'm not getting ahead myself, like it's a pipe dream, at 45. I understand the challenges that come along with that. But why not? If I can stay healthy, and I'm having fun and playing at a high level, why wouldn't I wanna do that? The biggest challenge is physically, the maintenance, the recovery, the way you train. You gotta hope that you stay healthy, but why not?"

Footballguys view: As he said, it's all about how your body holds up. Quarterbacks are a different breed when it comes to career and age, but 45 is old even for quarterbacks. Still, he would join the likes of Warren Moon, Doug Floutie, George Blanda and, of course, Brett Lorenzo Favre. The question than becomes, how good would he be? The players mentioned above all fell off at the end of their career, save perhaps for Favre. It's hard to imagine we'll be writing about him as a QB1 like we have in the past few seasons and are again this season.

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  Saints | Kenny Stills pulls up lame    Fri Jul 25, 10:40 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills (leg) pulled up lame on a deep route in practice Friday, July 25, and is being examined by trainers.

Footballguys view: If Stills is down for a period of time, it might open things up for rookie Brandin Cooks and Nick Toon, who has been gaining buzz this offseason. There are a lot of targets to go around with the departure of Darren Sproles so this is worth watching. Right now, Stills is a WR4 with some upside.

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  Saints | Nick Toon impressing    Fri Jul 25, 10:24 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Nick Toon looks poised for big things this season, according to beat writer Jim Corbett. He shields well and looks like a tight end at 6-foot-4.

Footballguys view: Toon has quietly been gathering buzz this offseason. He's absolutely worth a later round flier, but his stock could rise in the coming weeks. Right now he looks like a lock for the No. 4 spot and a good camp could get him more.

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  Saints | Three sitting    Fri Jul 25, 09:36 AM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back), OT Tavon Rooks (back) and DT John Jenkins (pectoral) are running with trainers on the sidelines and doing individual drills Friday, July 25.

Footballguys view: It's early, so any running is a good sign. The team will be cautious with all three - especially Byrd, their biggest off-season acquisition. We'll see plenty of them in the coming weeks though.

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  Saints | PK job is Shayne Graham's to lose?    Fri Jul 25, 02:16 AM

New Orleans Saints PK Shayne Graham, 36, is in a battle for the place-kicking job with 24-year-old PK Derek Dimke. Graham appears to have the edge, unless Dimke clearly out-kicks him in training camp. The Saints may bring in other place kickers to compete, however.

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  Saints | Mark Ingram will be core player    Thu Jul 24, 07:31 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram will be a core player in the Saints' offense this year, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners have been burned more than once by Ingram in the past. It will be interesting to see how the Saints backfield shakes out without Darren Sproles. Ingram has flashed some pro ability at times, but he needs to do so more consistently. His current ADP is RB58 (14.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Saints | Tavon Rooks update    Thu Jul 24, 06:59 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Tavon Rooks (back) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list due to a sore back, according to head coach Sean Payton.

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  Saints | Joe Morgan ready to practice    Thu Jul 24, 06:57 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan (knee) is good to go for practice, according to head coach Sean Payton.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Saints and Morgan here. He has talent and can be a valuable deep threat for the team when healthy. The problem for Morgan is staying healthy. He suffered a partially torn ACL as well as a torn meniscus in August a year ago and missed the entire season. The team decided not to tender Morgan in March, but he later signed a one-year deal for $495,000 to return to the Saints. He's buried on the depth chart at this time, but he could rise quickly if he finally plays up to his potential.

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  Saints | Cheta Ozougwu placed on IR after clearing waivers    Wed Jul 23, 07:12 PM

New Orleans Saints DE Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) cleared waivers and was transferred to the Saints' Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, July 23.

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  Saints | Moses McCray cut    Wed Jul 23, 02:53 AM

The New Orleans Saints waived DT Moses McCray to make room for new signings on Tuesday, July 22.

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  Saints | Cheta Ozougwu waived    Tue Jul 22, 04:44 PM

The New Orleans Saints have waived LB Cheta Ozougwu with a failed physical designation.

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  Saints | Sign two    Tue Jul 22, 04:40 PM

The New Orleans Saints signed free-agent DE Tyrone Ezell (Texans) and free-agent LB Marcus Thompson (Dolphins). Terms of the deals were undisclosed.

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  Saints | Je'Ron Hamm stood out    Tue Jul 22, 10:43 AM

New Orleans Saints TE Je'Ron Hamm stood out the most of the backup tight ends and fullbacks during organized team activities and minicamps because of his athletic ability and receiving skills.

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  Saints | Tavon Rooks placed on NFI list    Mon Jul 21, 06:27 PM

New Orleans Saints OT Tavon Rooks (undisclosed) has been placed on the Non-Football injury list.

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  Saints | Two go on PUP list    Mon Jul 21, 06:22 PM

New Orleans Saints DE Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) and DT John Jenkins (pectoral) have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd update    Mon Jul 21, 11:10 AM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd's (back) recovery from back surgery has gone as expected. However, it's unknown if he'll be limited at the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Byrd was a fantastic addition to the Saints defense. The team will be cautious with him moving forward so they don't aggravate the injury.

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  Saints | More on Jimmy Graham contract    Thu Jul 17, 01:38 PM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham agreed to a contract with a $4 million cap hit in 2014, $11 million in 2015, $12 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017. The deal includes a $2 million roster bonus in 2017.

Footballguys view: Everyone seems okay with this deal that makes Graham the highest paid tight end in league history. It still seems like he's underpaid to us.

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  Saints | Jimmy Graham worked out this offseason    Wed Jul 16, 12:43 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said it was hard not to work with his teammates this offseason but did work out in Miami with free-agent LB Jonathan Vilma (Saints). He said he had a similar regime this offseason than what he did during the lockout in 2011, which produced one of his best NFL seasons. 'It was tough being away from the guys,' Graham said. 'The good thing is that the base and group of friends I have here in Miami is still strong. I did the same thing I did during the lockout year. I basically did the same day-to-day routine that I did (in 2011). And after the lockout, I had one of my best seasons I have ever had.'

Footballguys view: Graham is going to get back into football shape rather quickly during training camp. He knows the offense like the back of his hand and is cemented as the number one tight end in fantasy football.

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  Saints | Jimmy Graham the highest-paid TE    Tue Jul 15, 09:52 AM

Updating earlier reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will be the highest-paid tight end in the league with his $40 million deal with between $20 million and $21 million guaranteed.

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  Saints | Confirm Jimmy Graham deal    Tue Jul 15, 09:32 AM

Updating an earlier report, the New Orleans Saints have confirmed they've reached a multi-year agreement with TE Jimmy Graham.

Footballguys view: Great news for both sides here. Graham gets a four-year, $40 million deal with $21 million guaranteed. This makes him the highest paid tight end in the NFL. He is worth every penny, and the Saints offense (despite their claims otherwise during arbitration) wouldn't be the same without him. With a new deal in place, Graham is locked in as the top tight end in your fantasy draft. His current ADP is TE1 (1.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Saints | Jimmy Graham appears to have deal in place    Tue Jul 15, 09:13 AM

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham tweeted 'It's official. I'm bleeding black and gold this morning!' Tuesday, July 15, which likely means he has signed a contract extension. The terms of his contract are unknown, but this tweet leads us to believe it's done.

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  Saints | Getting closer to deal with Jimmy Graham    Mon Jul 14, 05:12 PM

The New Orleans Saints are close to a long-term deal with franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history.

Footballguys view: The Saints could show some good will for Graham by getting him a new deal. He should make around $10 million annually, and Graham is worth every penny. The team is optimistic that a deal will get done by the July 15 deadline.

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  Saints | Jimmy Graham appeals grievance ruling    Mon Jul 14, 04:43 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham has decided to appeal the ruling of his grievance in regards to whether he should be franchised as a tight end or wide receiver, according to a source. The arbitrator ruled that Graham should receive the tight end franchise tag.

Footballguys view: It's wise for Graham's camp to do this. They'll appeal the decision, but they'll still work to find a new deal with the Saints before the deadline on Tuesday.

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  Saints | Jimmy Graham deadline looming    Mon Jul 14, 12:38 PM

Updating an ongoing story, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham has a deadline of Tuesday, July 15, at 4 p.m. EDT, to sign a long-term contract extension with the organization.

Footballguys view: It would be in the Saints best interest to find a way to get a long-term deal done with Graham. They won the arbitration against Graham, so he's not going to get wide receiver money as a franchise player. If Graham plays on his one-year deal he'll make around $7 million. There's a chance he could hold out if he's not happy with his contract situation, but there's no chance of getting a new deal until next offseason if something doesn't get done by the 15th.

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  Saints | Kenny Stills excelled in yards per catch    Wed Jul 9, 11:23 AM

New Orleans Saints WR Kenny Stills' 20.0 yards-per-catch average led all NFL players that recorded at least 30 receptions last season.

Footballguys view: Stills' sleeper train has hit a Brandin Cooks speed bump, but his role and game should still grow in year 2 in one of the best pass offenses in the league. Don't overlook him as one of your top bench receivers, especially if your league has distance TD bonuses.

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  Saints | Cameron Jordan has high expectations for 2014    Tue Jul 8, 07:36 PM

New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan recently said he wants to average one sack per game this season. Jordan also said he wants a Super Bowl win heading into the fourth season of his career.

Footballguys view: Jordan is one of the more anonymous defensive superstars in the NFL. His level of play rivaled 3-4 DE studs like Justin Smith, Calais Campbell and even JJ Watt at times last year. He's a borderline DE1 in IDP leagues.

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  Saints | Drew Brees hopes for quick resolution to Jimmy Graham's situation    Mon Jul 7, 12:18 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he wants the team to have a quick resolution to TE Jimmy Graham's contract situation so that the two have valuable time together on the field before the season starts. 'Jimmy's my guy,' Brees said in a sit-down interview late last month. 'I want what's best for him. I want what's best for the team. Certainly there's a way that everybody can be happy coming out of this deal. But it is part of the process, and I went through something similar to this two years ago, so I get it.' The Saints have eight days to work out a long-term deal with Graham, and sources expect negotiations to extend up until the deadline on July 15.

Footballguys view: Brees was involved in a similar battle of wills in 2012, and he ended up signing a deal before camp started. We expect the Saints and Graham to find a middle ground in the next week or two. Even if they don't sign a long-term deal, the possibility of a holdout for Graham still seems minimal, although it would be troubling if he did holdout and it lasted well into August.

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  Saints | Have not reduced offer to Jimmy Graham    Fri Jul 4, 03:13 PM

The New Orleans Saints have not reduced their offer to TE Jimmy Graham after an arbitrator ruled he is a tight end. The team will not use that ruling to change the offer to make Graham the highest paid tight end in the NFL.

Footballguys view: Graham should be the first tight end to ever average an annual salary of $10 million. The Saints placed the franchise tag on Graham this year. That guarantees him a one-year salary around $7 million. If they wanted to, the Saints could slap the franchise tag on him again next season. It remains to be seen how Graham responds to losing the arbitration. It's possible he could hold out for up to the first 10 weeks of the regular season. No need to panic just yet, but know the Saints only have until July 15th to sign Graham to a new long-term deal. After that deadline, he's locked into his franchise money.

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  Saints | Marques Colston says foot feeling better    Fri Jul 4, 12:17 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (foot) said he is feeling healthy this season. 'I feel really good,' Colston said. 'The foot I know was addressed earlier in the offseason. It's really not an issue. I've been able to get out here with really no restrictions and just run around and feel good.'

Footballguys view: Good news for Colston and the Saints here. He's a solid player when healthy, but injuries have certainly piled up for the veteran receiver. His numbers suffered last year, and Colston dropped from the 11th-best fantasy WR in 2012 to the 27th-best in 2013. His current ADP reflects that. Colston is getting drafted at WR31 (7.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Saints | Jimmy Graham negotiations to start from scratch    Thu Jul 3, 10:14 AM

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's contract discussions with the team will start at 'ground zero.' Both sides were waiting for the arbitrator's ruling on his franchise tag. There's a possibility that Graham will not sign his tender if there is no contract agreement by the deadline.

Footballguys view: This has the potential to get ugly and if it does and the talks fall apart, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman has reported that easily no less than six teams will be after the tight end. We expect things to get done, but we're only just getting started. As the current No. 1 TE in fantasy, what happens with Graham is huge.

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  Saints | Optimistic about deal with Jimmy Graham    Wed Jul 2, 10:35 PM

The New Orleans Saints have been prepared for the ruling that was handed down in franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham's grievance case and are optimistic they will be able to get a deal done before the July 15th deadline.

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  Saints | Will start negotiations with Jimmy Graham    Wed Jul 2, 10:31 PM

The New Orleans Saints will now begin contract negotiations with the agent franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham, because the two sides were waiting on the ruling on Graham's grievance before starting contract talks. There appears to be a chance that Graham will not be interested in his franchise tender if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement before the July 15 deadline and could hold out during training camp and possibly the regular season.

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  Saints | Coach says Jimmy Graham covered like TE    Wed Jul 2, 03:52 PM

New Orleans head coach Saints Sean Payton said during TE Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing that Graham is covered like a tight end no matter what he lines up on offense. Payton indicated that linebackers cover Graham at times and that linebackers do not cover wide receivers.

Footballguys view: Linebackers don't constantly cover Graham. When the Saints played the Patriots last year it was cornerback Aqib Talib tasked with covering the superstar tight end. The Saints win and Graham loses with this ruling. However, not only does Graham lose. Move tight ends like Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas are in the final year of their rookie contracts, and they lose in any upcoming negotiations.

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  Saints | Jimmy Graham ruled a TE    Wed Jul 2, 12:09 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing has been decided, and he has been officially ruled a tight end.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Saints, but bad news for Graham--or any other move tight end with an upcoming contract negotiation. The franchise price for tight ends is $5 million less than it is for wide receivers. Graham wanted to be labeled as a wide receiver because he spent 67 percent of his snaps lined up wide or in the slot last year. Tight ends have changed in today's NFL. They're no longer the in-line blockers and limited receivers they used to be. Move tight ends like Graham or Julius Thomas are basically super-sized wideouts, and they should be compensated as such. This is a major ruling that will have lasting impact in the NFL.

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  Saints | Ruling on Jimmy Graham's grievance expected Thursday    Mon Jun 30, 04:14 PM

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank said he expects to inform the New Orleans Saints and franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham of his ruling on Graham's grievance on Thursday, July 3.

Footballguys view: This will be an incredibly important ruling--not only for Graham, but for talented move tight ends like Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron (both entering final year of their rookie contracts). Graham is set to play under a one-year franchise tag worth around $7 million. He wants to be tagged as a wide receiver after playing 67 percent of his snaps out wide or from the slot in 2013. Franchise wide receivers get a one-year salary around $12 million. That difference is significant for a position that has transformed in today's NFL. This ruling is going to set an important precedent for move tight ends in the future.

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  Saints | Drew Brees knows what Jimmy Graham ruling will be    Sat Jun 28, 10:50 AM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he knows whether TE Jimmy Graham will be ruled as a tight end or a wide receiver. Brees said he spoke with arbitrator Stephen Burbank, who clued him in on how he will rule. 'He kind of let me know what his ruling is going to be,' Brees said. 'But he swore me to secrecy, so I can't really say at this point.'

Footballguys view: Way to tease us all Drew! We'd like to see this issue resolved--and so would Saints fans. Graham was slapped with the franchise tag earlier this year, and the one-year price tag for TEs is around $7 million. The price tag for a wide receiver slapped with the tag is around $12 million. Graham is one of the "new school" move tight ends who regularly plays wide receiver. He lined up out wide or in the slot on 67 percent of the snaps last year. This is an incredibly important decision for other move tight ends going forward.

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  Saints | Ruling on Jimmy Graham's grievance expected soon    Fri Jun 27, 07:13 PM

New Orleans Saints franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham's grievance against the Saints over what position he should be considered is expected to be ruled on next week, according to a source. The loser of the ruling has the option to appeal the ruling.

Footballguys view: Once Graham's grievance is decided, we will see if a tight end has to play under the franchise tag even though he's lined up mostly as a wide receiver. Graham lined up in the slot or out wide on 67 percent of his snaps in 2013. The Saints could end all this discussion by getting a new deal worked out with their All-Pro tight end. They have until the middle of July to work out any long-term contract. Once Graham's fate is decided, expect the Broncos to make a move to wrap up Julius Thomas.

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  Saints | Jimmy Graham dispute still unsettled    Thu Jun 26, 12:49 PM

Updating an ongoing story, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's grievance case over being franchise tagged as a tight end instead of a wide receiver is yet to be resolved. The arbitrator, Stephen Burbank, concluded two separate rulings this year in less than a week each. NFLPA communications director Carl Francis said a decision shouldn't take much longer. The deadline for a ruling is July 15.

Footballguys view: No matter how long it takes, this shouldn't impact his going to training camp or preseason. Graham is a huge part of this offense whatever position he 'plays' and is our unanimous overall TE1 and many on the staff feel as if he is a borderline top ten fantasy pick overall.

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