Jimmy Graham signs New Orleans Saints deal

Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 27, 2013
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Jimmy Graham signs a new deal with the New Orleans Saints which will make him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has agreed to a new four-year deal with the franchise which will make him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history.

The deal is reportedly worth over £23m and surpasses the previous record contract signed by Indianapolis Colts star Dallas Clark back in 2008.

Following on from an arbitration hearing in which Graham pushed to be declared a wide receiver in order to chase a more lucrative contract, it appears as though the two parties have reached a settlement.

Graham has led all NFL players with 36 touchdown catches while averaging 90 catches, 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns per season over the past three years.

Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 27, 2013
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