NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that no meaningful progress has been made, according to a source briefed of the talks. The sides are still millions apart annually. The deadlock continued Wednesday, Rapoport reported.
As mentioned in our franchise-tag primer, if no deal is struck, look for Graham to be tagged as a tight end -- projected for 2014 at $6.8 million -- despite his high percentage of snaps in the slot and out wide as a receiver. If that happens, we fully expect Graham to file a grievance in an effort to get wideout money, projected at $11.6 million.
And there's this issue: Graham doesn't believe he's a tight end, at least not in terms of his pay grade. (NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport points out that clubs don't make the position designation when they apply the franchise tag.) If the sides can't agree to a new deal before March 3, the tag most certainly will be applied -- and the battle will ensue.