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Report: Saints to use franchise tag on Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham (Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Jimmy Graham has 41 touchdowns in his five NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints will use the franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham, reports ESPN.com's Adam Schefter.

Monday is the deadline for teams to place the franchise tag on players. It was reported earlier this month that Graham would be ready to file a grievance over the franchise tag and wanted to be considered a wide receiver.

The franchise tag averages the top five annual salaries for a particular position. This season, it's $6.8 million for tight ends, while wide receivers would receive $11.8 million.

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Graham and the Saints are reportedly millions of dollars apart on a new deal.

Graham made $1.3 million last season in the final year of his contract, in which he caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards and led the NFL with 16 touchdown catches.

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