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Quotables: Jimmy Graham lauds new contract, Jermichael Finley mulls NFL options

With training camp just days away, the Saints playmaker is happy to be firmly supplanted in New Orleans for the foreseeable future. Elsewhere, the Pouncey brothers are in hot water.

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"It's official I'm bleeding black and gold this morning!"

-- Saints TE Jimmy Graham

New Orleans Saints star Jimmy Graham may be a tight end in the eyes of the NFL, but he's still getting his payday and is apparently satisfied. He tweeted out his good fortune Tuesday morning:

Sources confirmed via SB Nation's own Canal Street Chronicles that a contract was completed after a long dispute between the team and player. After months of disagreement and debate about Graham's position and value, the extension allows all sides to move forward heading into training camp.

"I've never been scared of dying."

-- Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly

As former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly fights for his life in a battle with cancer after undergoing chemotherapy, his spirits remain high, despite his understanding that the disease could take his life.

In a conversation with WHAM as transcribed via, Kelly explains he has no fear of death after losing his then-8-year-old son in 2005 to a rare illness.

"I'm not scared," Kelly said, via WHAM. "I've never been scared of dying. I'm 54 years old. I've been through so many things in my life, I've done so many things, I've set goals, I've achieved goals, I've had a blast. If it's my turn - if the good lord decides 55 is my age, so what? I'll be going to see my son a little earlier than I thought I was going to. But the key to me is I know I have a lot more to do, a lot more lives to change and a lot of people out there who are going to change my life. So it's still a long ways away, I hope and pray."

"They looked scared out there."

-- Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner

Even in July, the NFL's biggest game from last season remains a topic of conversation thanks in part to linebacker Bobby Wagner and his words regarding the mindset of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48.

Wagner didn't hold back in his response when ESPN's Stephen A. Smith suggested Denver may have been intimidated when facing the Seattle Seahawks. Instead, he admitted the Broncos looked as if the Seahawks' defense was going to be more than they could handle, which proved to be true in the 43-8 rout.

"If I quit right now, I can take tax-free money."

-- FA TE Jermichael Finley

As former Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley eyes a return to the football field following a devastating neck injury, the prospect of retiring for good due to a $10 million insurance policy is weighing heavily on him, he told USA Today.

Although Green Bay remains the most likely destination for the 27-year-old given his familiarity with the system and coaching staff, he explained that the Pittsburgh Steelers have expressed interest, among other teams.

"I'm going to press charges. My face is swollen."

--Alleged victim of incident involving Dolphins and Steelers OL Mike and Maurkice Pouncey

Twin brothers and NFL centers Mike and Maurkice Pouncey are the subjects of an incident at a Miami nightclub resulting in injuries to three patrons, according to

When 24-year-old Riquan James joined two of his friends on a night out at a Miami club, the results were multiple injuries to each. In addition, James accused both brothers, who were on hand to celebrate their 25th birthday, of using anti-gay slurs.