Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Saints defeated the Eagles 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Sean Payton called the NFL’s franchise tag system ‘antiquated’


The New Orleans Saints slapped tight end Jimmy Graham with the franchise tag, keeping him around. They’re trying to work out a long term deal according to owner Tom Benson.

“There’s not much pressure to get this thing done right quick now that it got on the backburner a little bit,” Benson said, via The Times-Picayune. “We’ve got so much stuff going, but it will get worked out pretty quick. I’m going to kick him a little bit (Benson chuckled). I like him. He’s a nice guy. And he loves my wife (Gayle). I’m going to put her on him.”

Graham’s head coach Sean Payton is siding with the player calling the system “antiquated.”

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