With the New Orleans Saints player arguing he should be paid at a wide receiver-level -- rather than at the tight end-level, which yields $5 million less -- players in hybrid roles are interested in how his case turns out.
"I think (Graham) should be the highest-paid tight end," Sharpe said. "I think he should be the first tight end to make $10 million a year, but at the end of the day, look, you are a tight end."
Sharpe -- who ended his 14-year career with 815 receptions for 10,060 yards during an era when the passing game wasn't as prevalent -- said the pay should come into line with production, but the position is still the same.
"Eric Ebron can dress it up, he can say he's a joker, he can say hybrid or whatever he wants to call it, but at the end of the day you go to the Pro Bowl as a tight end and if you are fortunate enough, if you play long enough and if your teams win enough games you'll go to the Hall of Fame as a tight end," Sharpe said. "You're not going to go as a joke or hybrid or quote-unquote wide receiver, that's not going to happen."
Sharpe gets that it's all about the money, but at the end of the day a tight end is still a tight end.
"I understand why they do it, but at the end of the day you are a tight end," he said. "Just because the running back, he lines up out wide and he catches a lot of passes, well, now what? Is he a wide receiver? No, he's a running back."