The Saints are in a stalemate with tight end Jimmy Graham, who wants a new contract but has been given the franchise tag. And there's a stalemate within the stalemate as Graham's not even happy about being tagged as a tight end. Asked about Graham wanting more money than the tight end franchise tag offers, Sean Payton didn't entirely disagree, calling the tag setup "an antiquated system." "That is a byproduct of a little bit of an antiquated system with regards to franchise numbers," Payton said. "I think those will be over the years revisited and adjusted." Payton's 100 percent spot on here. It's silly that Graham, who is best classified as a "pass catcher" is given a designation that assigns tight end worth to his salary. (It's also ridiculous that all offensive linemen fall under one designation, and it's completely asinine that a pass-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker gets the same tag as a middle linebacker.)
Sean Payton thinks franchise-tag system is 'antiquated'
CBS Sports | Mar 26