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Playing tag; Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing ends

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Metairie, La - Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing on whether he should be franchised tagged as a tight end or wide receiver ended Wednesday according to ESPN.  A ruling is expected sometime in the next week.  

A big part of the league's argument against Graham is the fact that he calls himself a tight end on his Twitter page.  If the league wins the ruling that Twitter bio could cost Graham $5 million.

The Saints gave Graham the franchise tag for about $7 million as a tight end, the position he has been listed at for his entire four-year career. But he believes because he often is split out away from the tackle, he is a wide receiver. That franchise tag is worth about $12.3 million.

According to an analysis by ESPN Stats and Information, Graham lined up split on 67 percent of his snaps: 45 percent of the time in the slot and 22 percent out wide.

But the Saints note that he made the All-Pro team and the Pro Bowl as a tight end and was drafted as a tight end.

Such disputes are not frequent, but draw lots of attention because they can set a precedent. Baltimore's Terrell Suggs, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, argued in 2008 that he should be tagged as an end, not a linebacker. The difference back then was about $800,000.

Suggs wound up signing a new deal with the Ravens, then helped them win the 2012 NFL championship.
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