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NFL: Graham set back in franchise case

on July 06, 2014 2:00 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Saints’ Jimmy Graham and the NFL Players Association were dealt a setback when an arbitrator ruled that he can only be considered a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag designation.

NFLPA had filed a grievance arguing that Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag. But arbitrator Stephen Burbank disagreed and now the NFLPA is reviewing his ruling.

Graham’s case is being closely watched around the league because it could set a precedent for negotiations involving players who fill diverse roles in their teams’ offensive or defensive schemes.

NFL franchise tags were set this year at $7 million for tight ends and $12.3 million for receivers.

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