As we're already well aware of, the Saints are prepared to use the franchise tag on Jimmy Graham if a long-term deal isn't reached before the tag deadline. We also know there probably won't be a long-term deal in place before the tag deadline. Ergo, it's very likely the Saints are going to tag Jimmy Graham and according to Mickey Loomis you better damn well believe it's gonna be as a tight end. And if that's the case, you also better damn well believe Graham will file a grievance arguing that wide receiver was actually, as the CBA says, "the position in which he participated in the most plays" during the 2013 season. Not tight end. Because the wide receiver tag is going to be worth about $5 million more. But while we all sit around debating whether or not Graham is a wide receiver or a tight end, nobody seems to be asking the more obvious question: why is there such a discrepancy between the value of the two tags in the first place? Are you telling me that the amount an NFL pass-catcher is worth is directly proportional to their proximity to the tackle at the snap? If there is anything that the emergence of players like Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski has taught us, it's that tight ends are now just as valuable to an offense as wide receivers in today's NFL, if not more so. The notion of tight ends being less valuable is now, quite simply, antiquated.
Saints Jimmy Graham Deserves Wide Receiver Salary
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