Saints, Jimmy Graham closing in on new deal

The New Orleans Saints and star tight end Jimmy Graham are on the verge of hammering out a new contract, according to ESPN.

Graham would become the highest-paid tight end in NFL history.

The Saints and Graham are facing a 4 p.m. Tuesday NFL deadline to avoid having him play the entire season under a $7.053 million franchise tender.

Graham appealed the arbitration case he lost, but that's regarded as a procedural formality.

If he gets the new deal, Graham is expected to drop teh appeal.

During the past three seasons, Graham has averaged 90 catches, 1,169 yards and a dozen touchdowns per year.

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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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