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ESPN's Adam Schefter has cited his "sources" as reporting that the New Orleans Saints are shopping WR Lance Moore and RB Pierre Thomas, and could even be open to deals involving RB Darren Sproles.
As expected, Jimmy Graham was given the franchise tag of a tight end on Monday by the league's management council, just hours prior to the deadline to assign such tags. This means Graham will likely file a grievance against the league, stating he should be tagged as a wide receiver because he lined up off of the line 67 percent of the time this season.
That wide receiver tag is worth about $5 million more than the tight end tag.
The Falcons announced Tuesday that fullback Jason Snelling has decided to retire. Snelling cited a desire to spend more time with his family as the main reason why he is calling it a career now. Snelling was taken by the Falcons in the seventh round of the 2007 draft and turned into one of the game's better blocking and pass-catching fullbacks. He is 30 years old and had one season remaining on his current contract.
The deadline for teams to assign franchise tags is Monday, and between now and then, the Saints will place theirs on tight end Jimmy Graham, a league source has told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Graham, who has finished second, first, and first in fantasy points at his position starting in 2011, would earn about $7 million with the tight end tag next season.
Graham has averaged 90 catches, 1,169 yards, and 12 touchdowns per season since 2011. He's missed only one game in that span.
Update: Graham has confirmed through his own Twitter account that he will be tagged. We just don't know at what position.
We've got stories today on a fantasy commodity getting the franchise tag and other ones getting signed. And in the realm of the kicker, we've got one of each.
Panthers kicker Graham Gano was rewarded for a career-best season Friday with a four-year contract worth $12.7 million. He made 24 of 27 field goals in 2013.
Jets kicker Nick Folk is also coming off the best year of his career, but he was assigned the franchise tag, which is worth about $3.5 million for next season. He went 33 for 36 on field goals. Neither player missed any of their combined 69 extra-point attempts.
Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon performed well for a rookie after being thrust into the starting job less than a month into the 2013 season. He threw 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games, and while fantasy totals don't give you a great picture on how well a quarterback actually played, Glennon had a stretch in the middle of the season where he topped 15 fantasy points in six of seven games.
But is he the Buccaneers' starting quarterback for 2014. Maybe, but he'll need to fight for that title. Bucs general manager Jason Licht said the team will be looking to add a veteran signal-caller who can come in and push Glennon for the gig.
"New coach, new regime, you can't just hand the keys over and say this guy is our starter," Licht said. "You have to see what he is, and competition drives the best out of everybody. So, that's what we'll be looking for."