According to an NFL arbitrator’s ruling Wednesday, Jimmy Graham is a tight end after all.
Arbitrator Stephen Burbank, in a landmark ruling, denied Graham’s request to be officially declared a wide receiver on the league’s franchise tag rules.
Graham had argued that he lined up 67 percent of his snaps in the slot or out wide positions. However Burbank sided with the New Orleans Saints and the NFL Management Council that the tight end position has always included a combination of splitting out wide to run pass routes and staying inside to block, especially in the modern NFL.
This is definitely an interesting ruling, mainly because it costs Graham about $5 million. A one-year contract for a franchise tight end is $7.053 million. However a one-year contract for a franchised wide receiver is $12.132 million.