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NFL roundup: Graham's grievance date set

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New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham's grievance hearing over his franchise-tag designation has been scheduled for June 17-18, reported Monday.

It is not clear whether a third-party arbitrator has been selected.

On behalf of Graham, the NFL players association had filed a grievance to challenge his position classification, a designation that could change Graham's franchise player salary by nearly $5.3 million.

As a tight end with a franchise tag, Graham would receive a one-year contract worth $7.053 million. If Graham were classified as a wide receiver, he would get a one-year deal worth $12.132 million.

Graham plays tight end but wants to be designated as a wide receiver because he lined up off the line of scrimmage -- meaning split wide or lined up as a slot receiver -- 67 percent of the snaps in 2013.

---St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Bailey will be eligible to return to the Rams' active roster on Monday, Oct. 6 following the team's October 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bailey was a third-round pick last year and caught 17 passes for 226 yards while playing in all 16 games.

---The Cleveland Browns cut quarterback Vince Young. He recently signed a one-year, $730,000 contract with no guaranteed money.

Cleveland also cut defensive back Brandon Hughes, defensive lineman Brian Sanford, quarterback Alex Tanney and running back Fozzy Whitaker.

The Browns also signed 11 undrafted free agents. The group includes former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw.

---The NFL draft, televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network, reached a record 45.7 million viewers over the three days of the event, according to The Nielsen Company.

That figure broke the previous mark of 45.4 million viewers set in 2010.

---Johnny Manziel's No. 2 Cleveland Browns jersey is the top-selling jersey on since April 1, reported.

The NFL will not say how many Manziel jerseys were sold, but did say that its official website store sold nearly as many Manziel jerseys during last weekend's draft as it sold Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Tim Tebow jerseys during their drafts combined.

---The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with undrafted free agent cornerback Louchiez Purifoy.

Purifoy played in 37 games (19 starts) for the University of Florida, recording 102 tackles (69 solo), 12 pass breakups, five forced fumbles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

The Colts also announced they waived four players -- linebacker Alan Baxter, fullback Stephen Campbell, tight end Martell Webb and kicker Carson Wiggs.

---The Jacksonville Jaguars released six players from their roster, including 2011 third-round draft pick guard Will Rackley.

Running back Delone Carter, running back Shaun Chapas, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, defensive tackle Drake Nevis and wide receiver Stephen Williams were also let go.

---The Detroit Lions signed 11 college players who went undrafted.

One of the players signed is Missouri quarterback James Franklin. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Franklin was a dual-threat quarterback at Missouri, throwing for 6,962 yards and rushing for 1,729 over his career.

---The Arizona Cardinals released running back Ryan Williams and three other players.

The Cardinals also cut tight end Brett Brackett, center John Estes and linebacker Kenny Rowe.

---The Cincinnati Bengals cut backup quarterback Josh Johnson in the wake of drafting Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.

Johnson, a sixth-year quarterback, joined the Bengals last season and was their backup to Dalton. Johnson played in two regular-season games, rushing seven times for 20 yards. He didn't throw a pass.

---The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived tight end Josh Baker and cornerback Bobby Felder and released tight end Steve Maneri.

The Bucs also added 11 undrafted free agents.

---The St. Louis Rams came to terms with 15 undrafted free agents.

Among the group is Tulsa running back Julius "Trey" Watts, who is the son of former Oklahoma star quarterback and former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts. Trey walked on at Tulsa and as a senior in 2013, he rushed for 1,329 yards and a touchdown.

---The Kansas City Chiefs signed six rookie free agents and waived two players.

The Chiefs placed fullback Eric Kettani and receiver Rashad Ross on waivers. Neither player has seen any regular-season action.

---The New York Giants made a series of post-draft roster moves, releasing four players and signing five rookie free agents, all of them defensive players.

The team terminated the contract of quarterback Rusty Smith, whom they signed on April 28.

The Giants also waived three players: linebacker Allen Bradford, cornerback Junior Mertile and punter Jordan Gay.

---The Buffalo Bills released running back Anthony Allen.

Allen (6-foot-1, 223 pounds) is a former seventh-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens (2011). In his first two NFL seasons, he appeared in 21 games serving mostly on special teams.

---The Seattle Seahawks released long snapper Jorgen Hus. He signed with Seattle on April 3.

Hus originally signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 9, 2013 but was released during training camp on Aug. 26 and did not play last season.

---The Dallas Cowboys released six players, including defensive tackle Frank Kearse.

Dallas also released guard Chris Degeare, wide receiver Lance Lewis, defensive end Tristan Okpalaugo and linebackers Quinton Spears and Jabara Williams.
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