Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Last minute appeals

Monday evening the internets were buzzing with news that Saints TE(?) Jimmy Graham had filed an eleventh hour appeal of an arbitrator's ruling that he was in fact a TE(!) With less than 24 hours remaining before the franchise tag deadline. Was this cause for panic? 

Of course not.  As it turned out the last minute appeal was only a prelude to the Saints working out a deal with their TE(¯\_(ツ)_/¯)  He will continue to play for them and make lots of money.
Graham, 27, agreed to a record four-year contract Tuesday morning, the team announced. The four-year deal is worth up to $40 million with $21 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. Not only does that make him the highest paid tight end in the league, but it is also the biggest contract ever given to the position.
On Tuesday, former Mayor Ray Nagin created a similar but smaller buzzing when he let it be known that he will appeal his conviction on public corruption charges.
The one-paragraph notice of appeal does not reveal Nagin's appeal strategy. It says only he could challenge the jury's verdict, his prison sentence, the $500,000 judgment he was ordered to pay based on the value of the cash and gifts prosecutors say Nagin took while in office.
Probably not going to be as happy a result though. 

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