(WGNO) – The news broke Tuesday as Jimmy Graham — both subject and reporter — announced on twitter that he had a new deal with the New Orleans Saints. The four-year, $40 million deal makes Graham the highest paid tight end in NFL history.
And his numbers certainly deem him worthy.
Hours before the deadline for franchised tag players to agree to long-term deals, Graham’s deal was done. It includes a $21 million guaranteed.
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In 2013, despite often drawing double coverage, Graham caught 16 touchdown passes and averaged 14.1 yards per catch.
Both of those are career highs.
Graham has 36 touchdown receptions the past three seasons.
“We signed our tight end today, Jimmy Graham. On the last before we could sign him. So, I am excited about that. The whole band is back together again, so, let`s get rollin’,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said in a San Diego suburb Tuesday.
His off-season sparring with the Saints included a grievance filed to contest his designation as a tight end for franchise tag purposes.
Graham asked to be designated as a wide receiver — the difference in the tags — $5 million. He lost. Then won. As all of off-season jockeying came to an abrupt halt Tuesday.
Graham was a third round draft pick of the Saints in 2010.