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Graham caught 10 passes on 13 targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns on Sunday.

While the rest of the receiving corp scuffled, Drew Brees consistently connected with Graham, as the Browns had no stop for the big tight end, even after the Browns switched elite cover corner Joe Haden on him in an effort to slow him down. The touchdowns were of the shorter variety, from nine and one yard out, as Graham once again proved to be one of the most dominant red zone targets in the league. With 18 catches and 200 yards receiving through two games, fantasy owners should be able to continue to rely on Graham, especially as the Saints return home to the Superdome for Week 3, where the team went 8-0 and averaged 34 points per game last season.

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Graham had eight catches on 10 targets for 82 yards Sunday against the Falcons.

Graham led the team in targets and receptions, although quarterback Drew Brees' lone-touchdown pass went to rookie wideout Brandin Cooks. Graham is easily one of the best receivers in the league, so it's only a matter of time before he grabs the first of many touchdowns.

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Graham caught two passes for 49 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.

Not that fantasy owners needed any further assurances that Graham will be ready to light it up when the regular season rolls around, but it was still nice to see Graham hauling in passes from Drew Brees, who was playing his first game of the preseason. With Brees showing no signs of rust, Graham remains the top tight end option in fantasy.

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Graham caught five passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns on six targets in Friday's preseason game against the Titans.

A recent report said that Graham looks even better than he did last season, an idea that's scary for the defenses he'll have to face in a few weeks. He only supported that notion with his performance Friday night, and he didn't even have Drew Brees around to help. Keep in mind that Graham was bothered by a foot injury for much of 2013, yet still turned in an all-time great season for a tight end. He's now believed to be 100 percent healthy, and also has the security of a long-term contract.

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Graham looks faster and stronger than he did last year, reports Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

As Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro noted the other day after Graham beat him down the field in the scrimmage, "The dude's flying. He's faster than last year, he seems stronger." It's unlikely fantasy owners need reminding, but over the last three years, Graham has scored a remarkable 36 touchdowns, including 16 last year. Even if Vaccaro's comments are simply hot air, Graham looks primed to continue scoring touchdowns in bunches.

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Jimmy Graham's $8 million 2015 salary becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2015 waiver period.

Graham's new four-year, $40 million contract included $21 million in guarantees. That comes in the form of a $12 million signing bonus, $1 million 2014 base salary and $8 million 2015 base. So he's a lock to get all that money, and is an excellent bet to get all $40 million as long as he sustains health. If Graham does play out the full four years at his current dominant level, he'll break the bank when he hits the open market at age-31. His camp had no leverage in this deal because they were handcuffed by the franchise tag.

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Saints signed Jimmy Graham to a multi-year contract.

Graham broke the news on his Twitter account: "It's official. I'm bleeding black and gold this morning! Thank you WhoDatNation for all the support." All major news outlets and Graham's agent, Jimmy Sexton, have confirmed a long-term deal has been reached ahead of Tuesday afternoon's 4 PM ET deadline. Once the numbers are in, Graham will be the league's highest-paid tight end. We can all breathe; Graham will be listed as a tight end in fantasy.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints and franchise player Jimmy Graham are "closing in" on a deal that would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in league history.

Reports of a long-term deal have been seconded by FOX Sports and Profootballtalk. The sides have until Tuesday to finalize a long-term agreement. If talks fall apart, Graham would be forced to play out 2014 under the tight-end franchise tag (though he's appealed his tag as a tight end). Graham will blow by the $16 million guaranteed - the most for any current tight end - Dennis Pitta and Jared Cook received in their recent deals.

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Jimmy Graham has appealed independent arbitrator Stephen Burbank's decision that he should be franchise tagged as a tight end.

There had been speculation that Graham wouldn't appeal. The lack of an appeal would have been an indication that the sides were ready to strike an agreement before Tuesday's deadline to sign franchise players to long-term contracts. Now, it's uncertain if the sides will come to an accord.

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The deadline for Jimmy Graham to appeal independent arbitrator Stephen Burbank's franchise tag decision is believed to be Monday, July 14.

It's surprising the NFLPA has taken this long to formally file the appeal. Meanwhile, the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term extensions is Tuesday, July 15. PFT's Mike Florio, an attorney, expects either a long-term deal between the Saints and Graham before July 14 at 4PM, or the appeal to be filed by the NFLPA. Both sides would likely prefer a long-term pact.