When the New Orleans Saints used their franchise tag on Jimmy Graham, it seemed to ensure the star tight end would be catching passes from Drew Brees for at least another year.

Yes, the tag's non-exclusive nature allows other teams to bid for Graham's talent in free agency. But the cost would be absurd -- two first-round picks in addition to a contract rich enough to scare off the Saints.

It's hard to imagine a team willing to gamble on their future for the reward of a tight end, but perhaps Graham is special enough to warrant an exception.

"I think the only players more valuable than Jimmy Graham are three or four quarterbacks," one AFC general manager told Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. "That's it."

According to Freeman, "word is beginning to leak" throughout the NFL that at least one team will make a play at obtaining Graham, price tag be damned.