Saints Tight End Jimmy Graham Hoping to Avoid the Franchise Tag

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After dominating his position in recent years, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is set to cash in for his recent production, but is hoping for a long-term deal rather than settle for the franchise tag.

If the team does put the franchise tag on Graham, he'll receive a salary that would be the average of the top-five paid players at that position but it would only be one a one-year deal.

"I'm not keen on the franchise tag," Graham said, according to NFL.com. "That would be really unfortunate, but that is all I have to say about that one."

This past season, Graham led the NFL with 16 touchdown catches. He caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards in 2013 nad has emmerged as one of hte NFL's most dangerous offensive weapons.

The issue is also that Graham may want to sign the tag if he's paid like a wide receiver since he lined up as a receiver in 67 percent of his offensive snaps.

Going off 2013, Graham would be paid $10.5 million as a receiver on a franchise tag while he would only receive $6 million as a tight end.

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