He might be a hybrid on the field, but
And that will cost him millions.
In a pivotal decision Wednesday, arbitrator Stephen Burbank sided with the Saints and denied Graham's request to be categorized as a wide receiver for franchise-tag purposes.
Were Graham to be regarded as a receiver he would have qualified for a contract tender of $12.132 million. Instead, as a tight end, his one-year tender is $7.053 million.
He didn't pluck the receiver argument out of thin air, either. He lined up wide or in the slot on 67% of his snaps last season. The rules for a franchise tag stipulate that a player's designation is based on the position at which he lines up most frequently.
“We will advise Graham of his options and carefully determine next steps in this matter,” the