What's Buzzing:

Tight end Graham staying with Saints

Reuters
NFL: New Orleans Saints at St. Louis Rams
.

View photo

St. Louis Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) intercepts a pass intended for New Orleans Saints tight …

(Reuters) - Jimmy Graham will stay in New Orleans after signing a contract extension with the Saints that reportedly will make him the highest paid tight end ever in the National Football League.

Graham announced on Twitter that he was staying with New Orleans, and multiple media outlets reported the deal is $40 million over four years, with at least $21 million guaranteed.

“It's official I'm bleeding black and gold this morning!” Graham tweeted on Tuesday with a reference to the team colors.

The deal comes after an offseason battle between Graham and the Saints over whether the player should be classified as a wide receiver or tight end.

Graham argued for the former, but the Saints won the system arbitration decision. Tight ends generally are paid less than wide receivers.

Graham and the team put the dispute behind them to lock up a deal ahead of a Thursday deadline for franchise players to sign long term deals.

Graham, 27, has played for the Saints since being drafted in the third round in 2010 out of the University of Miami. He will become a free agent when his new contract expires.

Graham led the league last year with 16 touchdowns and caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards, even though he played with a foot injury for much of the season.

(Reporting By Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Larry Fine)

View Comments (1)
  • Hat trick? Ariya Jutanugarn shoots 68 to take 2-shot lead

    Hat trick? Ariya Jutanugarn shoots 68 to take 2-shot lead

    Ariya Jutanugarn tore her scorecard into pieces after walking off the 18th green at Travis Pointe, proving the competition isn't the only thing she is tearing up. Jutanugarn moved a step closer to winning a third straight LPGA Tour title by … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 minutes 25 seconds ago
  • Steven Stamkos says he'd like to remain with Lightning

    Steven Stamkos says he'd like to remain with Lightning

    Steven Stamkos hopes he hasn't played his last game for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, however he reiterated Friday that he'd like to … More »

    The Canadian Press - 8 minutes ago
  • Rocco Mediate opens 4-stroke lead in Senior PGA Championship

    Rocco Mediate opens 4-stroke lead in Senior PGA Championship

    Rocco Mediate stretched his Senior PGA Championship lead to four strokes Friday at Harbor Shores, birdieing the final two holes for a 5-under 66. The 53-year-old Mediate opened with a 62 on Thursday to tie the tournament and course records set by … More »

    AP - Sports - 9 minutes ago
  • Penguins' Phil Kessel fails to make USA World Cup roster cut

    Penguins' Phil Kessel fails to make USA World Cup roster cut

    Two-time Olympic forward Phil Kessel failed to make the final cut for the United States' World Cup of Hockey roster Friday, a day after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Final. In passing over the 10-year NHL veteran, Team USA … More »

    AP - Sports - 23 minutes ago
  • Halep survives scare from 'a child of the internet'

    Halep survives scare from 'a child of the internet'

    By Pritha Sarkar PARIS (Reuters) - Simona Halep avoided the embarrassment of falling victim to a teenager who calls herself "a child of the internet" as she huffed and puffed her way into the fourth round of the French Open with a 4-6 6-2 6-3 win … More »

    Reuters - 23 minutes ago