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Jimmy Graham ruled a tight end, not a receiver, costing him millions
Jimmy Graham ruled a tight end, not a receiver, costing him millions

He might be a hybrid on the field, but Jimmy Graham is a tight end in the eyes of the New Orleans Saints. 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...

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