Jimmy Graham is a 2013 holdout candidate

The New Orleans Times-Picayune - [Full Article]

New England's Rob Gronkowski received a long-term deal north of $50 million last offseason, while Jimmy Graham played for a base salary of $540,000. Graham will enter the final year of his contract in 2013 and it would appear he's in a prime position to ask for a hefty contract extension.

The problem for the Saints is that they're probably not in a position to give Graham a huge deal right now. No one is saying Graham would ever position himself for a holdout, but you could argue he's one of the few players in the league who you couldn't blame considering he has far exceeded his rookie contract.

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This is complete speculation at this point, but the first step of a contract dispute is for the player to be in a position to hold out, and Graham's talent and current salary puts him in such a position.

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