Jimmy Graham appealing tight end ruling

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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.

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.