This, of course, means that the Graham and the Saints will begin their fight over whether or not he should be considered a tight end or a receiver based on where he lined up in 2013.
The Saints used their franchise tag on Graham back in February, but there has been no progress towards a long-term agreement, so this seems like the obvious next course of action.
The difference between the receiver ($12.321 million) and the tight end ($7.035 million) designation is quite considerable with Graham having a lot to gain in this situation.
Graham, 27, is believed to be seeking “at least twice as much” as the five-year, $32 million contract the Ravens they signed TE Dennis Pitta to last week.
Graham managed to put together a very good season, despite the fact that he was hampered by a foot injury for a good portion of the year.
He totaled 86 receptions for 1,215 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 1 tight end in the league.