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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) stiff arms Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) last season at the Georgia Dome. The Saints designated Graham as the team’s franchise player on Friday. (USA Today)

NFL roundup: Saints tag Graham

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New Orleans Saints All-Pro Jimmy Graham was designated as the team’s franchise player on Friday. But that could be just the beginning of a tug of war between the two sides.


For starters, is Graham a tight end or wide receiver?

The value of the one-year franchise tender for wide receivers is $11.6 million, about $5 million more than the tag value for tight ends, which is the designation the Saints assigned Graham on Friday.

Drafted as a tight end out of Miami, Graham is listed and classified as a tight end by the Saints, but he lined up in the slot - off the line of scrimmage in the formation - and plans to file a grievance through the NFLPA to be paid like a wide receiver.

Pitta signes 5-year,           $32 million deal

Tight end Dennis Pitta signed a five-year, $32 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

Pitta was a priority for the Ravens entering free agency March 11 with the possibility of using the franchise tag to retain him looming as a last resort.

Incognito checks himself in

Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito checked himself into a psychiatric care unit in Arizona on Thursday night, according to TMZ.

Incognito, the focus of the team’s bullying and harassment scandal, is reportedly seeking counseling to help him deal with stress.

Scottsdale, Ariz., police responded to reported damage to Incognito’s Ferrari, which he said he caused. The matter was closed since no crime was committed.

Sharper surrenders

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper surrendered to police late Thursday night stemming from the alleged rapes of two women in New Orleans last year.

Sharper turned himself in to police in Los Angeles hours after an arrest warrant was issued in New Orleans.

He is accused of raping nine women and drugging 11 in five states.

Eagles agree to          terms with Maclin

The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, the team announced.

Maclin, 25, missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL suffered during training camp. In 2012, Maclin led the Eagles with 69 receptions, 857 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.

Seahawks release    Bryant, Rice

The Seattle Seahawks released defensive end Red Bryant and wide receiver Sidney Rice.

While Rice was expected to be released after finishing his third season in Seattle on injured reserve due to a knee injury, the team had hoped to renegotiate Bryant’s contract to lower his salary cap figure from around $8 million in 2014.