Players Sound Off On Jimmy Graham 'Tight End' Ruling
Yesterday, an NFL arbitrator ruled that New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is, indeed, a 'tight end' and will be classified as such when it comes to his paycheck for the 2014 season. That means he'll make $7.05 million rather than the $12.3 million he'd be paid as a wide receiver under the franchise tag rule.
One of the things cited in arguments was Graham's Twitter bio, which is somewhat laughable considering Graham also mentions that he's a pilot in it. While it wasn't the determining factor in Stephen Burbank's ruling, two tight ends didn't take any chances:
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron subtly changed his Twitter bio from "Pro Bowl tight end" to "Pro Bowl pass catcher."
Thought no one would notice that minor change in the bio. Thanks @darrenrovell for calling me out.
Jordan Cameron (@jordancameron) July 2, 2014
Bucs rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins took it a step further. Along with some friendly banter with teammates, he jokingly changed his Twitter bio to read "WR for the Tampa Bay Bucs!"
Others who play or have played the position didn't go that far, but they were vocal about the ruling nonetheless.
Jimmy Graham losing hIs arbitration today is not just a setback for him but for everybody who plays in the NFL. The system has to change. Tony Gonzalez (@TonyGonzalez88) July 3, 2014
I bet we won't see WRs take many "4yd" splits from OT next year. Haha.
Greg Olsen (@gregolsen82) July 2, 2014
U could argue this ruling helps TE market. Hel b highest paid and raise market. If deemed WR teams wouldnt consider it a TE contract right? Greg Olsen (@gregolsen82) July 2, 2014
Absent from the social media conversation was Vernon Davis, who skipped the 49ers mandatory three-day minicamp and is holding out for a new contract.