Saints use non-exclusive franchise tag on Jimmy Graham

The New Orleans Saints slapped Jimmy Graham with the non-exclusive franchise tag.

Under terms of the non-exclusive franchise tag, Graham is able to speak to other teams about a deal. If they reach a deal the Saints then have the option to match it or the Saints can let Graham go for two first round picks.

Even as Graham shows freakish skills that scenario is not going to happen.

Worse for both sides is the Saints still contend that Graham is a tight end while where he lines up falls in line with a traditional wide receiver. A showdown is looming as Graham will contest and argue that he is a wide receiver.

As a tight end Graham would earn $7.035 million in 2014 while as a wide receiver he would make $12.312.

Graham, 27, caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Saints in 2013.