Saints, Jimmy Graham face Tuesday deadline for new deal

The New Orleans Saints and star tight end Jimmy Graham are approaching an NFL deadline to strike a new long-term deal.

If the two sides don't hammer out a new contract before a Tuesday 4 p.m. deadline, then Graham will play this season under a $7.053 million franchise tender.

Graham and the Saints went to arbitration over a dispute over whether he should be designated as a tight end or a wide receiver under the franchise tag.

The Saints won the argument, saving them roughly $5 million.

Whether a compromise on a long-term deal will be accomplished at the last minute remains to be seen.

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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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