Saints TE Jimmy Graham wants to be franchise-tagged as a WR, will reportedly file grievance if not

Saints TE Jimmy Graham wants to be franchise-tagged as a WR, will reportedly file grievance if not

Jimmy Graham @TheJimmyGraham, a restricted free agent, may not be a formal wide receiver, but he does line up in the slot and out wide quite often for a tight end (67 percent of his snaps last season). He would like to receive the extra money that comes with a WR franchise tag if the Saints do decide to tag him. And if he doesn't get what he wants? Well, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, you can expect a fight.
Rapoport tweeted Tuesday that Graham and the Saints haven't made progress toward a long-term deal. If a deal can't be reached before the franchise tag window closes on March 3, the Saints are expected to give Graham the franchise tag of a tight end. If that happens, Rapoport writes that Graham will file an "immediate grievance to be tagged as a WR."
A WR franchise tag is worth about $4.5 million more than a TE tag.

Fantasy Analysis:

This could get a little messy, but it's nothing for fantasy owners to worry about. Either way, Graham is going to be dominant again in 2014. If his grievance fails and he ends up with the TE tag, that's just motivation for him to put up even better numbers.

Ian Rapoport via Twitter

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