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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:54:53 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) played 30 offensive snaps (41 percent of the offense) in Week 7 Sunday, Oct. 19. He was targeted twice but was shut out in the loss to the Detroit Lions.
Fantasy Tip: Monitor his practice availability this week to gauge your comfort level with his likely expensive price on FantasyScore.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:33:44 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is active for the Week 7 game Sunday, Oct. 19.
Fantasy Tip: Graham ($7,900; 15.8% of your cap) will be limited to red zone situations today. He's the most expensive tight end on FantasyScore this week, so you may want to look elsewhere.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:15:39 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) will play strictly in red zone situations Sunday, Oct. 19.
Fantasy Tip: Graham ($7,900; 15.8% of your cap) is a beast in the red zone. However, it's a tall price to pay on FantasyScore for a limited player.
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 06:20:55 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) will play Sunday, Oct. 19, but is not expected to start in Week 7.
Fantasy Tip: Graham ($7,900; 15.8% of your cap) could still be worth the start on FantasyScore despite the limitations. It's a pretty large risk at that price, though.
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:34:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he'd be open to being limited only to red zone situations in Week 7, when asked by a reporter.
Fantasy Tip: Graham ($7,900; 15.8%) is a game-time decision against the Detroit Lions and is a pricey gamble on FantasyScore. The Saints released TE Tom Crabtree Saturday, Oct. 18, but there's no indication if that's a good sign for Graham's prospects this week or a formality.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:16:45 -0700
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he won't know until just before kickoff Sunday, Oct. 19, if he'll play in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. "I think (coach) Sean (Payton) might try to see how I'm doing on Sunday and maybe work me before the game to see where I'm at," Graham, who was limited and listed as questionable for Sunday, said. "As of right now I don't know." Head coach Sean Payton would not discuss whether Graham could be limited if he plays Sunday. TEs Benjamin Watson and Josh Hill will likely see an increase in snaps if Graham doesn't play.
Fantasy Tip: Even if Graham plays, he's likely to be less than 100 percent, which would make paying $7,900 (15.8% of cap) a pretty big risk at FantasyScore. Hill is the better fantasy bet if Graham doesn't play, and he's very cheap if you're going that route at tight end.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:27:32 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 16. Head coach Sean Payton said he's optimistic about Graham playing this week.
Fantasy Tip: Graham would certainly give a boost to QB Drew Brees and Co. It would be hard to bench him even if he is limited against the Detroit Lions. He'll still cost the most of any tight end on FantasyScore at $7,900.
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:22:02 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 15.
Fantasy Tip: Graham is expected to miss around two to three weeks. Avoid him in all of your fantasy football lineups for now.
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:07:46 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is expected to miss two to three weeks after the bye week in Week 6, according to a source.
Fantasy Tip: The Saints offense relies on Graham most, but, honestly, the entire depth chart could benefit in his absence. Look for more reliance on Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Marques Colston in the red zone.
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 07:27:39 -0700
Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's (shoulder) sprained shoulder diagnosis gives reason for optimism that he could play in Week 7, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Triplett.
Fantasy Tip: Graham will likely be a top-flight option at tight end on FantasyScore in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. Monitor the team's practice reports before making a decision.
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 17:40:58 -0700
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is believed to have avoided major injury with a sprained shoulder, according to a league source.
Fantasy Tip: The team is heading into a bye, but it is still unclear if he will be able to return Oct. 19, when the team faces the Detroit Lions in Week 7. Keep an eye on the practice report for that week.
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 11:48:52 -0700
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) will not return to Week 5's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a right shoulder injury.
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 10:56:22 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) had his right shoulder looked at by trainers during the team's Week 5 game Sunday, Oct. 5, but he remains on the sidelines.
Fantasy Tip: The injury hasn't sent Graham to the locker room at this point so it appears that it isn't too seriou to keep him from returning to the game.
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 10:35:32 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (undisclosed) is being looked at by trainers on the sidelines after taking a big hit Sunday, Oct. 5.
Fantasy Tip: Stay tuned for an update on the nature and severity of Graham's injury. As one of the top tight ends in the game and a big part of the Saints' passing attack, a serious injury would have major fantasy implications.
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:45:08 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham was fined $30,000 for dunking footballs over the goal post in a preseason game.
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:51:57 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was upset with TE Jimmy Graham earning two 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties in the team's preseason game for dunking the ball over the goal posts. Graham and Payton appeared to get into tense verbal sparring after the second penalty was called. Payton confirmed he was upset after the game. "Yes, I was," Payton said. "I'm very upset. Would you be upset? I was, particularly."
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:38:14 -0700
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham agreed to a contract with a $4 million cap hit in 2014, $11 million in 2015, $12 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017. The deal includes a $2 million roster bonus in 2017.
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:43:00 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham said it was hard not to work with his teammates this offseason but did work out in Miami with free-agent LB Jonathan Vilma (Saints). He said he had a similar regime this offseason than what he did during the lockout in 2011, which produced one of his best NFL seasons. "It was tough being away from the guys," Graham said. "The good thing is that the base and group of friends I have here in Miami is still strong. I did the same thing I did during the lockout year. I basically did the same day-to-day routine that I did (in 2011). And after the lockout, I had one of my best seasons I have ever had."
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:52:14 -0700
Updating earlier reports, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will be the highest-paid tight end in the league with his $40 million deal with between $20 million and $21 million guaranteed.
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:32:53 -0700
Updating earlier reports, the New Orleans Saints signed TE Jimmy Graham to a four-year, $40 million deal with $21 million guaranteed, according to a source familiar with the deal.
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:32:28 -0700
Updating an earlier report, the New Orleans Saints have confirmed they've reached a multi-year agreement with TE Jimmy Graham.
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:13:00 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham tweeted "It's official. I'm bleeding black and gold this morning!" Tuesday, July 15, which likely means he has signed a contract extension. The terms of his contract are unknown, but this tweet leads us to believe it's done.
Fantasy Tip: Graham remains one of the top tight ends in fantasy, and the new deal should have him calm and focused for another big season.
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:12:44 -0700
The New Orleans Saints are close to a long-term deal with franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. The team is optimistic that a deal will get done by the July 15 deadline.
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:43:31 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham has decided to appeal the ruling of his grievance in regards to whether he should be franchised as a tight end or wide receiver, according to a source. The arbitrator ruled that Graham should receive the tight end franchise tag.
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:38:20 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham has a deadline of Tuesday, July 15, at 4 p.m. EDT, to sign a long-term contract with the organization.
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:14:32 -0700
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers special assistant to the head coach Butch Davis said the team drafted SS Mark Barron to stop New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham. "We took [safety] Mark Barron in the first round simply because of Jimmy Graham," Davis said of the team's decision with the eighth overall pick that year.
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:18:44 -0700
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he wants the team to have a quick resolution to TE Jimmy Graham's contract situation so that the two have valuable time together on the field before the season starts. "Jimmy's my guy," Brees said in a sit-down interview late last month. "I want what's best for him. I want what's best for the team. Certainly there's a way that everybody can be happy coming out of this deal. But it is part of the process, and I went through something similar to this two years ago, so I get it." The Saints have eight days to work out a long-term deal with Graham, and sources expect negotiations to extend up until the deadline on July 15.
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:13:00 -0700
The New Orleans Saints have not reduced their offer to TE Jimmy Graham after an arbitrator ruled he is a tight end. The team will not use that ruling to change the offer to make Graham the highest paid tight end in the NFL.
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:38:23 -0700
Washington Redskins TE Logan Paulsen thinks New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham should be considered a tight end over a wide reciever. "It's difficult because you look at it and you say, 'Oh, he's lined up at receiver," added Paulsen. "But I guarantee you he goes to tight end meetings. He goes with the tight ends during practice. And they might have him do some different stuff during practice, but there's no doubt in my mind that they refer to him as a tight end."
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:43:58 -0700
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron changed his position on his twitter account to "pro bowl pass catcher" after the ruling that New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham was ruled a tight end in his arbitration hearing in part because of how he listed his position on social media.
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:14:01 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's contract discussions with the team will start at "ground zero." Both sides were waiting for the arbitrator's ruling on his franchise tag. There's a possibility that Graham will not sign his tender if there is no contract agreement by the deadline.
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:35:31 -0700
The New Orleans Saints have been prepared for the ruling that was handed down in franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham's grievance case and are optimistic they will be able to get a deal done before the July 15th deadline.
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:31:57 -0700
The New Orleans Saints will now begin contract negotiations with the agent franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham, because the two sides were waiting on the ruling on Graham's grievance before starting contract talks. There appears to be a chance that Graham will not be interested in his franchise tender if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement before the July 15 deadline and could hold out during training camp and possibly the regular season.
Fantasy Tip: Owners should watch this situation, because there is a chance Graham holds out if he does not get a contract he likes. Graham is one of the top fantasy tight ends at this point, but his value could go down if he holds out during the regular season.
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:52:33 -0700
New Orleans head coach Saints Sean Payton said during TE Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing that Graham is covered like a tight end no matter what he lines up on offense. Payton indicated that linebackers cover Graham at times and that linebackers do not cover wide receivers.
Fantasy Tip: Graham should be considered one of the top fantasy tight end this offseason if he and the team are able to figure out his contract situation.
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 09:09:47 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing has been decided, and he has been officially ruled a tight end.
Fantasy Tip: How this might affect how the Saints use Graham on the field moving forward has yet to be seen, but it at least gives more clarity to Graham's contract situation moving forward. It'll surely affect the bargaining stances of tight ends similar to Graham, too.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:14:23 -0700
Arbitrator Stephen Burbank said he expects to inform the New Orleans Saints and franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham of his ruling on Graham's grievance on Thursday, July 3.
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 07:50:04 -0700
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he knows whether TE Jimmy Graham will be ruled as a tight end or a wide receiver. Brees said he spoke with arbitrator Stephen Burbank, who clued him in on how he will rule. "He kind of let me know what his ruling is going to be," Brees said. "But he swore me to secrecy, so I can't really say at this point."
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:13:18 -0700
New Orleans Saints franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham's grievance against the Saints over what position he should be considered is expected to be ruled on next week, according to a source. The loser of the ruling has the option to appeal the ruling.
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:49:02 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's grievance case over being franchise tagged as a tight end instead of a wide receiver is yet to be resolved. The arbitrator, Stephen Burbank, concluded two separate rulings this year in less than a week each. NFLPA communications director Carl Francis said a decision shouldn't take much longer. The deadline for a ruling is July 15.
Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:15:54 -0700
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas is monitoring the arbitration case between New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham and his team to determine his position. "I've kind of been keeping ... an eye on that situation, obviously, because it could probably come back to affect a lot of us tight ends," said Thomas, who is scheduled to make $645,000 this year. "But the way I feel about it is, 'Does two letters next to your name on the depth chart really determine your value to a team?'"
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:48:42 -0700
Updating an ongoing story, the franchise-tag grievance hearing for New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham will resume Wednesday, June 18. A verdict is expected within five to seven days.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:41:50 -0700
Updating a previous report, the NFL will argue that New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham should be franchise tagged as a tight end because he meets in the tight end room, regularly lines up where tight ends line up on the field, and even lists himself as a tight end on his twitter account.
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:04:49 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's franchise-tag grievance begins Tuesday, June 17. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank will hear arguments from the NFL Players Association and the NFL Management Council to determine if Graham should be labeled as a tight end or wide receiver for franchise-tag purposes. It's unknown how long the hearings will take, but they could last up to a week.
Fantasy Tip: Graham's ruling will have a direct effect on the team's negotiations with him on a long-term deal, which they must come to an agreement on before July 15 or Graham will have to play on a one-year deal.
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:05:50 -0700
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees thinks the offense will be fine at mandatory minicamp this week in the absence of TE Jimmy Graham, who is waiting on a franchise-tag dispute. Graham led the team last year with 86 catches, 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns. "Look at our numbers over the last eight years," Brees said. "We've had a lot of different guys in there. Jimmy's only been here four years. He's only been here half the time. We were putting up some pretty big numbers before he got here, and we've been putting up some big numbers since he's been here."
Mon, 12 May 2014 09:29:04 -0700
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing is scheduled for June 17 and 18.
Sun, 11 May 2014 17:44:39 -0700
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said the grievance involving franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham's position designation will be heard in June.
Sat, 10 May 2014 14:59:44 -0700
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said he believes the grievance hearing for TE Jimmy Graham will occur in about a month.
Wed, 07 May 2014 09:05:35 -0700
The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance on behalf of New Orleans Saints franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham in regards to his tender offer. The NFLPA believes that Graham should be categorized as a wide receiver and not as a tight end. An independent arbitrator would hear the case if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:15:18 -0700
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton indicated franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham likely will not participate in offseason workouts because of his contract situation.
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:11:05 -0700
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said there is no update regarding the team's talks with franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham regarding a long-term contract.