New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. (Source: Nola.com)

Jimmy Graham Update: NFLPA Files Grievance

Dec 2, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) breaks a tackle by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated New Orleans 34-7. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ve been following the Jimmy Graham offseason saga for more than five minutes, you know that this move was inevitable. As per Tom Pelissero of USA Today, we’ve learned that NFLPA has filed a grievance for tight end Jimmy Graham.

The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance on Graham’s behalf, arguing the franchise tag the New Orleans Saints placed on him in February should pay him like a wide receiver, not a tight end, a person close to Graham told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday.

The difference between the franchise tender amounts is nearly $5.3 million, with the tight end tag worth $7.035 million — the amount of the tender Graham has not signed — and the receiver tag worth $12.312 million.

Aside from all of this going on, the burning question on everyone’s mind? What’s next?

A third-party arbitrator will enter the scene, and will be tasked with making the decision on what position Jimmy Graham should be paid at. The New Orleans Saints have until July 15 to put a long-term deal in place for Jimmy Graham, or he will have two options: play the season at the tag the arbitrator deems is necessary or sit out the season until the two parties reach a deal.

We’ll keep you in the loop as we learn more with Graham, but rest assured, I have little to no doubt Graham will be on the field in Week 1.

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