Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Saints tight end Jimmy Graham roars at Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso after making a first-down catch in the third quarter in New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013.

Saints coach Sean Payton’s past use of playmakers such as Reggie Bush, Jeremy Shockey and Darren Sproles helped New Orleans win lots of games and field some of the NFL’s most potent offenses.

But Payton probably never imagined that would one day help the Saints score an initial victory in this offseason’s franchise-tag dispute with All-Pro Jimmy Graham, at least in a small way.

See blog entry here.