Jimmy Graham will appeal an arbitrator’s decision that he should be franchise tagged as a tight end.
If independent arbitrator Stephen Burbank’s ruling is upheld then Graham, 27, would earn $7.05 million during the 2014 season as a tight end instead of the $12.3 he would have made as a wide receiver.
#Saints TE Jimmy Graham has officially appealed the ruling that stated he’ll be paid as a franchise-tagged TE not WR, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 14, 2014
The decision of Graham to appeal the ruling would suggest that he and the Saints are not close to long-term deal.
Graham caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns during the 2013 season.