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Jimmy Graham | Tight End

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/24/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 265
College: Miami (FL)
Contract: view contract details

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Jimmy Graham caught ten passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 26-24, Week 2 loss to the Browns.
The Saints' offense got off to an extremely slow start, as they totaled just 14 yards on 12 plays in the opening quarter. Graham was targeted a game-high 13 times on the afternoon, beating Joe Haden for a nine-yard touchdown on a jump ball end-zone fade ahead of halftime. He later beat Haden again to directly set up Mark Ingram's one-yard score. Graham beat Buster Skrine for a one-yard score on a rollout play in the third quarter. The Browns couldn't stop him, just like the rest of the league. Graham gets the Vikings at home next week. Sep 14 - 4:10 PM

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Jimmy Graham caught eight passes for 82 yards against the Falcons.

It was a bit of a disappointing day, but the fact that 16 PPR points is a disappointment speaks to how good Graham is. The Saints offense moved the ball well against Atlanta, and on a different day Graham could have had a couple scores. He is still locked in as the No. 1 fantasy tight end, and is obviously a must start against the Browns Week 2.
Sep 7 - 5:29 PM

Jimmy Graham secured 2-of-3 targets for 49 yards in the Saints' third preseason game Saturday night at Indianapolis.

Graham whipped Colts ILB D'Qwell Jackson on a deep cross for a gain of 38 yards late in the first quarter. His other reception went for 11 yards via Luke McCown. Dominating in the preseason, Graham has nine catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns this August. He's the premier tight end in fantasy football.
Aug 23 - 10:38 PM

NFL fined Saints TE Jimmy Graham $30,000 for dunking footballs over the goal posts.

Graham did this twice in Week 2 of preseason, which upset coach Sean Payton and obviously drew the ire of league brass. Graham has stated publicly he won't be dunking footballs over the goal posts anymore going forward.
Aug 22 - 2:42 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said he was upset with Jimmy Graham's two 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties for dunking over the goal posts in Friday's preseason game.

Graham and Payton got into an argument after the second penalty. "Yes, I was. I'm very upset," said Payton. "Would you be upset? I was, particularly." Dunking on the goal posts is Graham's signature move, but has been a generic touchdown celebration for years. It's surprisingly poor form by Graham to be showing up the NFL's offseason rule change. Graham should end his protest in Week 1.
Aug 16 - 2:56 PM

Jimmy Graham caught five passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' second preseason game Friday night.

Graham drew penalties after each score for dunking over the goal posts, a fact of which coach Sean Payton was none too pleased. The dunks are Graham's way of protesting an offseason rule change that outlawed celebrations that used the football as a "prop," though he will likely end the protest once the regular season begins. Graham has seven catches for 65 yards and two TDs this preseason.
Aug 15 - 10:09 PM

Teammate Kenny Vaccaro said Jimmy Graham is "flying" at Saints camp.

"The dude's flying. He's faster than last year, he seems stronger," said Vaccaro, who often matches up with Graham in team drills. Although Graham has often battled nagging injuries, he's missed just one game over the last three years and leads the NFL in TD catches during that span. An elite producer at a position lacking strong depth, Graham is a no-brainer first-round fantasy pick.
Aug 7 - 9:16 AM

Jimmy Graham's $8 million 2015 salary becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2015 waiver period.

Graham's new four-year, $40 million contract included $21 million in guarantees. That comes in the form of a $12 million signing bonus, $1 million 2014 base salary and $8 million 2015 base. So he's a lock to get all that money, and is an excellent bet to get all $40 million as long as he sustains health. If Graham does play out the full four years at his current dominant level, he'll break the bank when he hits the open market at age-31. His camp had no leverage in this deal because they were handcuffed by the franchise tag.
Jul 16 - 10:29 AM

Saints signed TE Jimmy Graham to a four-year, $40 million contract that contains $21 million guaranteed.

Deadlines spur action. The two sides agreed to the deal hours before the 4 PM ET deadline on Tuesday afternoon. Graham is now the league's highest-paid tight end at $10 million per year, besting Rob Gronkowski's $9 million annual rate. His $21 million guaranteed is $5 million more than Jared Cook and Dennis Pitta recently received from the Rams and Ravens, respectively. Graham is now locked up through his age-31 season and remains fantasy's top tight end.
Jul 15 - 9:05 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints and franchise player Jimmy Graham are "closing in" on a deal that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in league history.

Reports of a long-term deal have been seconded by FOX Sports and Profootballtalk. The sides have until Tuesday to finalize a long-term agreement. If talks fall apart, Graham would be forced to play out 2014 under the tight-end franchise tag (though he's appealed his tag as a tight end). Graham will blow by the $16 million guaranteed — the most for any current tight end — Dennis Pitta and Jared Cook received in their recent deals.
Jul 14 - 5:16 PM

Jimmy Graham has appealed independent arbitrator Stephen Burbank's decision that he should be franchise tagged as a tight end.

There had been speculation that Graham wouldn't appeal. The lack of an appeal would have been an indication that the sides were ready to strike an agreement before Tuesday's deadline to sign franchise players to long-term contracts. Now, it's uncertain if the sides will come to an accord.
Jul 14 - 4:43 PM

The deadline for Jimmy Graham to appeal independent arbitrator Stephen Burbank's franchise tag decision is believed to be Monday, July 14.

It's surprising the NFLPA has taken this long to formally file the appeal. Meanwhile, the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term extensions is Tuesday, July 15. PFT's Mike Florio, an attorney, expects either a long-term deal between the Saints and Graham before July 14 at 4PM, or the appeal to be filed by the NFLPA. Both sides would likely prefer a long-term pact.
Jul 11 - 2:39 PM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells the Saints were not thrilled with the way arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled in their favor during the Jimmy Graham franchise tag case.

The Saints "disagree" a tight end's position is determined by whether he lines up within four yards of an offensive tackle. They believe three factors distinguish tight ends: 1) Their size 2) The position group with which they meet 3) How they are defended. PFT's Mike Florio, who is an attorney, suggests the Graham case could be "a little more vulnerable to reversal" on appeal. We're still not worried about Graham losing tight end eligibility in fantasy football leagues.
Jul 6 - 8:58 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Saints have offered franchise player Jimmy Graham a multi-year contract worth $9.5 million annually.

PFT's Mike Florio hints the offer has been on the table for some time now, and the Saints have no plans to withdraw it, even after winning the arbitration case against Graham on Wednesday. At $9.5 million per year, Graham would be the league's highest-paid tight end. The offer also reportedly contains a "considerable chunk of fully guaranteed money up front." Florio expects the two sides to hammer out a deal at some point before the July 15 deadline.
Jul 4 - 10:47 AM

According to agent Jimmy Sexton, contract negotiations between Jimmy Graham and the Saints will start at "ground zero."

The two sides will have a lot of ground to cover before the July 15 deadline to complete a long-term deal, especially if Graham appeals Wednesday's ruling that deemed him a tight end for franchise tag purposes. Still, it's extremely difficult to see Graham playing on a one-year tender for a meager $7.035 million and it's even more difficult to see the Saints risking a holdout. Expect a deal that pays Graham as an elite receiver to get done just before the clock strikes zero.
Jul 3 - 8:19 AM

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