Before the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, Graham heard news that Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had planned to use the franchise tag if the team couldn’t reach a long-term deal with him.
If I remember his words correctly, Graham said, “That’s real unfortunate.” He’s right — if you can’t pay him, you shouldn’t play him. At 6-foot-7, 265 pounds, Graham ended the 2013 NFL season with 86 catches for 1,215 yards, 16 touchdowns. He also has a cap hit of $1,489,285 and the Saints are thinking budget right now.
Redskins’ cap space, according to overthetcap.com is $24,145,986. To sweeten the deal, the Redskins can give Graham what he wants — a job at wide receiver.
Wide receiver Fred Davis carries a cap hit of $2,500,000. Really? Yet another reason to give this guy the boot and bring in talent like Graham. If there is any chance of grabbing this guy, it’s worth the money and the talk. Graham is right on his feelings. He is worth a contract discussion and should be able to get the price he wants. If the Saints can’t reach that magic number, then maybe the Redskins can.
Besides great hands, he would also provide some well-needed height to the outside. Wide receivers Santana Moss and Aldrick Robinson are 5-foot-10. Having Graham on board would be like having your very own version of Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, only taller; Johnson stands at 6-foot-5. Wouldn’t that be a change of pace?