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NFL Sets Graham’s Franchise Tag Value At $7.05M

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07:   Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates by dunking the football over the crossbar after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 07: Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates by dunking the football over the crossbar after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The NFL has formally designated New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.

The designation was released Monday after the deadline passed for NFL teams to use franchise or transition tags on players becoming free agents.

Because Graham often split out from the offensive line as a receiver would, there have been questions concerning whether the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement calls for Graham to have a receiver’s tag, worth $12.1 million. Graham still could file a grievance, leaving an arbitrator to decide which tag is appropriate.

Graham caught a team-leading 86 passes for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

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