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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Loomis: No issue with Graham grievance

By Mike Triplett

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said there was no surprise and there were no hard feelings over Jimmy Graham's decision to fight his franchise tag designation.

Loomis said he wasn't exactly sure why Graham waited so long to file the grievance, asking to be considered a wide receiver instead of a tight end. But it was a move the Saints have anticipated for a while, and he said Graham's camp let him know it was coming last week.

"It's a negotiation," Loomis said during WWL Radio's pre-draft show. "Jimmy and his camp are trying to use every tool they can to get the best deal possible. No one should have hard feelings. It's the nature of these types of things. ...

"As I've said before, we love Jimmy Graham, we love what he's done for us. We want him to be part of our team. And hopefully we'll get something resolved sooner than later."

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