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It’s Over! Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints Reach Contract


Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) celebrates after a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Just when you thought that negotiations were futile when Jimmy Graham had potentially ‘turned the corner’ when filing his appeal yesterday, news broke early this morning from Jimmy Graham that he and New Orleans Saints have struck a deal well before the 4:00pm deadline.

If you didn’t buy that, here’s a confirmation tweet from Greg Bensel, Senior VP of Communications for the New Orleans Saints.

As per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the reported deal is a 4-year, $40 million contract. $21 million is guaranteed for Graham. Graham’s deal would go through the 2017 season, which would leave Graham at thirty-one years old by the time the contract is over. Oh by the way, quarterback Drew Brees is set to become a free agent in 2017, and head coach Sean Payton’s last contract year is 2017.

Jimmy Graham has now officially become the NFL’s highest paid tight end in league history. As many have speculated, the $10 million price tag per year was clearly the sweet spot.

The Graham saga/drama is over now, and it appears the Saints organization can completely return to a sense normalcy.

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