New Orleans Saints vs Jimmy Graham a non-issue
The New Orleans Saints and Jimmy Graham, who we can officially refer to now as a Tight End, will have to get back to some serious negotiating now that an arbitrator has ruled Graham is a Tight End. The ruling affects Jimmy Graham financially, gives the Saints more cap room, and effectively provides guidelines for franchise tags down the line. But that’s about all it does. Saints ticket holders, while they love Jimmy Graham, understand that giving him the $12 million he wanted would effectively cripple the team as much as the Drew Brees contract did. There will be no hard feelings on this issue though. Graham will play, the Saints will pay, and quite possibly we’ll see Graham sign a long term contract making him the highest paid Tight End in the NFL.
NFL Players Suspended
The list of NFL players suspended for at least part of the season just got longer. The Kansas City Chiefs will be without Rokevious Watkins, a backup lineman, for four games. Dion Jordan of the Miami Dolphins will also be out four games for performance enhancing drugs. Jordan, a #1 Draft choice, was expected to compete for a starting position in the 2014 NFL season after struggling last season. Finally, the Indianapolis Colts lost wide receiver LaVon Brazill for the season for banned substance use. Brazill joins Robert Mathis, out for four games, and owner Jim Irsay in the penalty box.
Bizzare Trades –Cowboys and Ravens
The Dallas Cowboys traded for a retired player the other day, drawing laughter from many. The fact is, Rolando McClain was officially retired. But, as Brett Favre can tell you, retirement is just a word. McClain has been re-instated from the retired list and will be on his way to Dallas.
The Cowboys are taking a chance here. McClain has never lived up to his potential coming out of the draft and he’s had some issues with the law. If you watched the Dallas Cowboys play defense last season though, you understand why this is happening.