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Monday, March 24, 2014
Morning report: Banning Graham's dunks?

By Mike Triplett

The NFL’s annual league meetings kick off today in Orlando. There will be plenty of proposed rule changes on the agenda -- including some significant tweaks to instant replay and the extra point, and possibly even expanding the number of playoff teams.

But another item that might be up for discussion was of particular interest to New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. According to Pro Football Talk, NFL owners may consider banning goal-post dunks after touchdowns.

Graham’s reaction on Twitter: “NOOOO!”

No one would be more affected by such a rule change than Graham. The former college basketball player loves to dunk after every touchdown he scores -- and no one in the NFL has caught more touchdown passes than Graham’s 36 over the past three years.

But then again, Graham is also the biggest cause for a potential rule change. Twice in his career, Graham bent the goal post with a monster dunk -- including last season in Atlanta, when the game was delayed while a maintenance worker had to re-level the crossbar.

Stay tuned for plenty of news and notes coming out of Orlando the next three days. Saints coach Sean Payton is scheduled to meet with the media on Wednesday morning.

Going bald for a good cause: Saints punter Thomas Morstead shaved his head and beard on Saturday during the annual St. Baldrick’s Day event in New Orleans, which raises awareness for childhood cancer. Click here for photos from The Times-Picayune, and click here for some background from The Advocate on how passionately involved Morstead has been with such initiatives in recent years.

Moore fits Pittsburgh’s plan: ESPN.com’s Pittsburgh Steelers reporter Scott Brown wrote about how the Steelers’ recent signing of former Saints receiver Lance Moore is a perfect example of how Pittsburgh patiently attacks free agency. Brown suggested that Moore might even be an upgrade over Pittsburgh’s recently-departed receiver Jerricho Cotchery.