Saturday, 11 February 2012 11:51
New Orleans Saints Should Pay Jimmy Graham More
Written by 

graham-panthersThe focus has been on the Saints re-signing Drew Brees, Carl Nicks and Marques Colston, but they need to give Jimmy Graham a raise.

After two seasons in the NFL, Graham has become one of the top two or three top tight ends in the league. He is playing on the four-year contract he agreed to as third-round choice which is for four years with an average salary of $613,750.

When you look at Graham's productions and potential, he might be the most underpaid player in the league. He's only 25 and he's going to better. Last season was one of the best seasons ever for a tight end: 99 catches for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns and a Pro Bowl appearance.

The Falcons' Tony Gonzales signed a one-year extension at the end of the 2011 season that will pay him about $7 million. Gonzales might be the best tight end ever, he's also on the downside of his career, and Graham is better now.

In 2011, the average tight end salary was $1.27 million. In terms of average per year, Graham ranked down near the bottom.

Graham's not the kind of guy to threaten a holdout and resort to that kind of tactic.

The Saints could play hardball and make Graham play out his rookie contract.

But sooner or later, the Saints are going to have to pay him what he's worth.

SOME hither, others yon:  When NBC Sports announced that Super Bowl XLVI was the most watched in U.S. television history with 111.3 million viewers, it said New Orleans ranked fifth among markets. Boston topped the viewers with Indianapolis second...Saints cornerback Tracy Porter regressed in the 2011 season. He's a starter in the NFL for sure and some teams will probably overpay him because of his big plays in the past, but the Saints may not be that team.. Dwight Robinson is ready to be a starter and Johnny Patrick is gaining experience and improving at the corner...

Defensive tackle Aurbayo Franklin didn't quite live up to his billing and was a hit or miss with the Saints last season. He will be looking for a long-term deal and the Saints may not want to give him one...Defensive tackle Shawn Rogers disappointed in the first half of the season but helped out stopping the opponents' running game in the second half. He wasn't a headache in the locker room despite his reputation and the Saints may bring him back...

by Ed Staton

(Buy your LSU baseball and other sports jerseys at

Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


Login to post comments
  • A July 4th Fact of Facts: America is Land of Immigrants
  • Poll: Trump strong on jobs, weak on tweets, viewed as reckless, thin-skinned, sexist
  • President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day

mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

Read More

joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

Read More

indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

Read More

bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

Read More


Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1