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Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) runs after a reception against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Leonard Johnson (29) in a NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

The Saints will use their franchise tag on All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham before Monday’s deadline to prevent him from hitting the open market in free agency, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting, citing a league source. That’s really no surprise — the Saints since at least January have publicly said they’d tag Graham if they couldn’t hammer out a long-term deal by Monday’s tag deadline.