Mickey Loomis: 'We want long-term deal for Jimmy Graham'

Saints' Jimmy Graham celebrates a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals on September 22, 2013
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New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis reveals that he and the club are determined to get Jimmy Graham signed to a long-term deal rather than using the franchise tag.

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has revealed that he is determined to get tight end Jimmy Graham signed to a long-term deal at the club.

Graham's rookie contract will run out at the end of the league year, leaving the club with the choice to sign him to a new deal or place the franchise tag on him.

However, the 27-year-old's camp believe that he should be franchised as a wide receiver, which has a significantly higher value for the one-year contract than he would if he was paid as a tight end.

Loomis told reporters: "I don't know what the process for that is. And I'm not really worried about it. I'm more worried about developing and coming to terms on a long-term contract."

Graham had 86 receptions for 1,216 yards along with 16 touchdowns in the 2013 season.

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