Though Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints spent the offseason disputing what position Graham played, it ended up not mattering after the two sides agreed on a 4-year, $40 million contract with $21 million guaranteed Tuesday. Even after Graham's big payday, however, 14-time Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez thinks the Saints tight end is underpaid.
"If you look at the numbers and production and what he means to that team, I think he’s underpaid still. If you compare him to all the other elite receivers around the league and leading the league with 16 touchdowns, 1,200 yards and 14 yards per catch. That’s an elite receiver and he should be paid like one. Just because he’s a tight end and that’s the name of his position he’s going to be paid less. I don’t think that’s fair."
Graham's 36 receiving touchdowns from 2011-2013 are the most in the NFL in that time. Graham's new deal makes him the league's highest-paid tight end.
- Alex Hampl