Jun 11, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) catches a pass during organized team activities at the Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Saints Avoided Aaron Hernandez, Must Now Keep Jimmy Graham

Give credit where it’s due—The New Orleans Saints were one of the team smart enough to pass on Aaron Hernandez in the 2010 NFL draft, instead opting for Miami basketball star Jimmy Graham.

Now one of those names is facing a first-degree murder charge, his NFL career is potentially over, is allegedly linked to a double-murder in Boston from 2012 and another shooting that occurred in Florida back in 2007.

The other is arguably the best at his position on the field, active in charity off and is in line for a big pay day from his team.

We’re sure you can tell which is which.

While Hernandez sits behind bars awaiting trial without bail, the Saints sit in an iffy cap situation while an elite tight end needs a new deal with Graham entering his contract year.

Make no mistake, other than Rob Gronkowski, there’s not another tight end in the NFL that will be paid more than Graham. That’s a serous issue for the Saints.

Sure, New Orleans could slap Graham with the franchise tag next offseason. It would only delay the inevitable and it’s probably not the smartest move. If the team wanted to go that route, hitting him with a new deal that has a very front-loaded structure that comes close to tag money would be the smarter idea.



The Saints and Mikey Loomis have done the impossible before. There are presumably several pricey veterans coming off the book next year, but finding a way to balance the Graham deal and keep the rest of the positions stocked could be an issue.

New Orleans narrowly avoided the Hernandez issue by about  around back in 2010 (can you imagine Bountygate and Hernandez so close? Yikes). Now the team has to make another smart move and find a way to pay the man known as Graham.


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  • Leslie Korshak

    Would SF have gotten rid of Jerry Rice? Don’t be crazy – Brees to Graham… Now that’s a combination made in heaven!

  • Ej White

    Although I love P. Thomas and D. Sprolse’s play the truth of the matter is thier getting up in age as fsr as running backs are concerned. Thomas hasn’t been himself since getting the concussion against the 49ers two years ago thus should have been traded instead of Ivory. Time to move on by trade.