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.
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by Ed Staton