What If Jimmy Graham Left the Saints?

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Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) catches a pass against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Saints 34-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Tight Ends Saints Could Sign if Jimmy Graham Leaves

The New Orleans Saints have done their part so far. They assigned their franchise tag to star tight end Jimmy Graham, in hopes of hanging onto him long enough to lock him up to a long-term contract.

New Orleans placed a non-exclusive tag on their man, meaning any other NFL team can freely negotiate a new deal with him, but the Saints will have a chance to match any contract. In addition, if the Saints decided not to match a contract that potentially is too expensive in their minds, they would get two first round draft picks as compensation from the team that does end up signing Graham.

As painful as losing Graham would be, Saints fans might actually warm up to the idea of someone else over-paying for Graham. After all, Graham is arguably going to be at his best in a system led by Sean Payton and Drew Brees, while few players are better than two first round draft choices – especially if those two first rounders can equate to two more top-level players.

It’s unlikely to happen, though. Graham will sulk over the tag, but few teams will express serious interest in both forking over a massive contract and also losing two important picks. It’s also not impossible, however.

With the mere possibility still linger, let’s take a look at some tight ends the Saints could snatch up in free agency if Graham wound up going somewhere else in 2014:

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