Report: NFLPA files grievance on Jimmy Graham's franchise tag

Is this man a wide receiver or a tight end? (USATSI)
Is this man a wide receiver or a tight end? (USATSI)

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When the Saints used their franchise tag on Jimmy Graham, the NFL ruled that Graham was a tight end and, thus, would receive a salary of $7.035 million instead of the $12.312 million a tagged receiver would command.

With that $5.277 million difference, the NFLPA has filed a grievance against the league, according to USA Today's Tom Pelissero.

You could make the argument that Graham lines up as a receiver more than he does as a tight end, but you could counter that by pointing out that Graham refers to himself as a tight end on his Twitter account.

While the Saints and Graham have been negotiating on a long-term contract extension that would make the franchise tag a moot point, the two sides haven't come to an agreement.

Meanwhile, quarterback Drew Brees has tried to calm his No. 1 target.

"I just told him be patient," Brees said in March. "Don't get frustrated. Don't take it personally. It's part of the deal and it's hard and ... you just want it to be over. You want certainty. That's the hardest part."

For now, Graham's contract status -- or his salary for 2014 -- is anything but certain. 

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