NFL: Graham’s Twitter Account Says He’s a Tight End
The New Orleans Saints and TE/WR Jimmy Graham have been disputing what position he plays ever since the Saints put the franchise tag on him.
Graham says he should be paid as a wide receiver since he lines up in the slot the majority of snaps. He cites the NFL Players Association Collective Bargaining Agreement which states a player will be listed at the position in which he played the most snaps.
The NFL and the Saints say Graham should be paid as a tight end, because, well, that's what he is. That's what he was drafted as and he made the Pro Bowl as a tight end. And, (and this is actually part of the argument) Graham describes himself as a tight end on his Twitter bio.
The difference in pay is more than five million dollars.
The hearing before arbitrator Stephen Burbank began yesterday and should wrap up today. It is expected to be a week after that before Burbank issues a ruling.
The Saints and Graham have until July 15th to reach a long term agreement. If they do not, Graham's contract will be for only one year.