UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
SI Wire

NFL plans to use Jimmy Graham's Twitter bio as evidence in arbitration hearing

Jimmy Graham lined up in the slot on two-thirds of the snaps he played last season. (Chris Graythen/Getty) Jimmy Graham lined up in the slot on two-thirds of the snaps he played last season. (Chris Graythen/Getty)

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham's salary arbitration hearing starts today, and the $5 million question is: is he a tight end or a wide receiver?

According to NFL.com, the NFLPA will argue that Graham should be franchise tagged as a wide receiver, because that's the position he lines up at 67 percent of the time.

The NFL will argue that Graham should be tagged as a tight end because he attends tight end meetings, and because his Twitter bio reads: "New Orleans Saints Tight End #80. Private Pilot."

Last week, an anonymous NFL source explained the league's position to ESPN.com Saints beat writer Mike Triplett:

"The union's position is a naked cash grab," the source said. "It ignores Mr. Graham's use as a traditional tight end on roughly 60 percent of the snaps where he lined up within 4 yards of the tackle. It also ignores the historical use of the tight end position.

"Since the days of Mike Ditka, coaches have split the tight end wide to gain information about the defensive set and gain a matchup advantage. According to the union's position, last year's All-Pro tight end was not a tight end and Mike Ditka was a wide receiver."

BRANDT: Jimmy Graham Plays Tag

This all will get decided this week as part of the two-day arbitration process. Regardless of the outcome, Graham will end up with a whole lot more money than was in his rookie contract.

MORE NFL COVERAGEOffseason Report Cards | NFL Power Rankings | 2015 NFL Mock Draft 

More SI Wire

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again