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(The Sports Xchange) - New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham received the wide receiver money he wanted on Tuesday.

Team officials confirmed a deal was done but would not disclose financial details.

CBS Sports reports the deal is a two-year, $21 million pact, but the contract reportedly could be worth a maximum of $40 million over four years.

NFL Network reported the agreement includes $13 million of guaranteed money this year and $8 million for injury only in 2015.

The agreement was hammered out before a 4 p.m. ET Tuesday deadline for franchise players to sign a long-term contract. Graham otherwise would have been eligible for $7.035 million this year as a franchised player.

Graham, who caught 86 passes for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns, had fought for compensation equal to a wide receiver, which is $12.312 million for the franchise year.

The Dallas Cowboys will release backup quarterback Kyle Orton, according to ESPN.

Orton, 31, has been considering retirement and skipped the team's entire offseason program. His release adds $1.1275 million in dead money to the Cowboys' salary cap this season and $2.255 million in dead money in 2015, according to the report.   Continued...

 
St. Louis Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) intercepts a pass intended for New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome.Dec 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports