Sep 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) fights off Miami Dolphins strong safety Chris Clemons (30) on his way to scoring a touchdown in the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
First of all, on behalf of our staff, we wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day! Yesterday was a relatively quiet day in the Saints world. However, it’s hard to search for anything New Orleans Saints without finding a story about Jimmy Graham.
Let’s check some of the news items for today.
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | Graham says position not his call
"New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Thursday that the looming debate over whether he should be considered a tight end or a wide receiver is “not for me to decide.”“I’m going to do — and I’m going to play — whatever I’m asked to do. It’s that simple,” Graham said, according to reports by The Times-Picayune and The Advocate."
Graham is certainly speaking the lingo that everyone wants to hear. Again, there’s no way that he will walk from the Saints this season, so don’t get in a frenzy when you hear rumors or news that ‘x’ team is interested in him. One thing is for sure, whatever price tag Jimmy Graham commands next season and beyond will be held over his head whether you agree or disagree. See Drew Brees.
Mike Triplett | ESPN.com | What’s next for Saints this offseason?
"It’s possible now that they won’t have to release any more of their current players. But they aren’t done yet with the financial finagling.Wednesday’s moves haven’t been processed yet, so we don’t have a specific update on the Saints’ salary-cap figure. But they will likely be somewhere between $1 and $5 million under the cap, depending on some accounting factors.The Saints will still need to carve out at least another $10 million to make room for free-agent signings — including tight end Jimmy Graham, whose franchise tag will be worth at least $6.5 million if they don’t agree to a long-term contract by March 11."
You can maybe say that Graham was worth Vilma, Smith, Harper, and Greer at this point. However you slice it, the Saints are in the youth movement, and for them to have the younger guys perform at a veteran level is a godsend from a salary cap perspective. You’ll see a wave of restructures likely happen in the next few weeks, but don’t expect a ton of outside interest coming to the Saints this off-season.
Naomi Martin | NOLA.com | Darren Sharper charges: Read Los Angeles DA complaint charging Sharper with rape of two women
"Darren Sharper, the ex-New Orleans Saints safety, was charged Friday with drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles, one in October and one in January, according to a complaint filed by the L.A. district attorney’s office. Sharper’s attorney in New Orleans has maintained Sharper did nothing wrong. Read the full story about the charges."
It’s an ugly situation, and honestly, it’s a problem that more players face these days. However you interpret it, just remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
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