Jimmy Graham hoping against franchise tag

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.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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