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David Thomas
Jimmy Graham gives the Seahawks a unique offensive weapon

Just a year ago, Jimmy Graham went through a public battle for his football identity. Was he a 6-foot-7 receiver who also lined up at tight end, or a 265-pound tight end who also split out like a receiver? Caught in a contract dispute with the New Orleans Saints, the distinction meant the difference of millions of dollars. But the issue really hit on something more abstract: trying to peg a unique player with traditional labels. His coaches in New Orleans resolved the matter with their own vocabulary. "We called Jimmy Graham a Joker," said Carter Sheridan, a member of the Saints' staff during Graham's five-year career. "He's that guy you don't know how...