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Jimmy Graham hoping against franchise tag

'Not too keen' on it. Aaron Wilson

Print This January 26, 2014, 03:46 PM EST

To no surprise, Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is hoping he and his team can reach a long-term agreement to avoid the franchise tag.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis previously stated that the organization would designate the franchise tag for tight ends on Graham, though a dispute could arise as to whether he's actually a receiver.

To keep this from happening, the two sides will have to agree on a contract before free agency.

"I'm not too keen on the franchise tag," Graham told reporters at a Pro Bowl practice. "That would be really unfortunate, but that's really all I have to say about that. That's real unfortunate. If that happens, it doesn't really matter what I prefer.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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