Report: Grievance hearing for Saints TE Jimmy Graham set for June 17-18

Monday May 12th, 2014

Jimmy Graham (Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has caught 41 touchdowns in his four-year career. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The grievance hearing over New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham's franchise-tag designation has been scheduled for June 17-18, reports's Mike Triplett.

Graham was tagged by the team in March. The designation this year for tight ends is $7.035 million.

Graham then filed a grievance through the National Football League Players Association last week, hoping to be designated as a receiver instead of a tight end. The franchise tag salary for a wide receiver is $12.3 million.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Graham lined up at receiver more than two-thirds of the time last season.

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Saints general manager Mickey Loomis declined to answer specific questions about the pending debate over the weekend, but he did say the Saints' side of the argument will be handled by the management council.

"Obviously we get consulted and talked with," Loomis said. "But that's the management council's duty."

Graham caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards with a league-leading 16 touchdowns last season for the Saints.

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