Saints tight end Jimmy Graham earned the No. 1 spot on Around The League's top 25 free agents for 2014, but New Orleans isn't planning to let him test the market. General manager Mickey Loomis told reporters Tuesday at the Reese's Senior Bowl that the team will use their franchise tag on Graham if a long-term pact can't be struck, according to Sean Fazende of WVUE-TV. Loomis confirmed, per The Times-Picayune, that he views Graham as a tight end, not a wide receiver, saying: "This business about what position he is? I think he's a tight end. That's where we drafted him, that's where we play him. ... That's what makes him valuable." Graham's camp will argue that he played just one-third of this season's snaps at the position he was drafted at in 2010. He's used all over the field in Sean Payton's offense, with most of Graham's damage coming on the outside against smaller cornerbacks who don't have a prayer against the 6-foot-7, 265-pound gem.
Saints will franchise tag Jimmy Graham if necessary
NFL.com | Jan 21