Monday Afternoon Open Thread: Should Tight Ends Be Able To Be Franchised As Receivers?

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - AUGUST 04: Tight end Rob Housler #84 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball after a reception during the team training camp at Northern Arizona University on August 4, 2011 in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The tight end position in today's NFL is much different from the tight end just 10 years ago. Instead of being a solid blocker that could occasionally go run a route, they are now primarily being used as big wide receivers. The athletes that are entering the league today are able to do that.

You see guys like Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and even the Cardinals' Rob Housler, all guys that fit into that new era mold. They are basically wide receivers in a tight end's body.

Pro Football Talk discovered that Aaron Hernandez, a tight end for the Patriots, will attempt to collect the money of a wide receiver when and if the Pats decide to use the franchise tag on him. The same thing happened when Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was slapped with the tag as well.

What do you make of this? Should tight ends be given wide receiver money even though they are technically classified as 'tight ends'? Should there have to be a certain amount of receptions made for them to fall under that classification? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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