Instant Reaction: Brandon Graham is going nowhere, inks three year contract extension with Eagles
1 March 2019 Eagles News
The longest tenured player on the Philadelphia Eagles is here to stay.
Defensive end Brandon Graham has been contemplating free agency as he was not getting the right offer from the Eagles. Today, the two met eye and eye and Graham signed a three-year deal worth around $40 million.
Early indications are that Brandon Graham’s new deal is worth about $40 million, which would put the average per year around $13 mil.
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) March 1, 2019
Graham’s play on the field is very vindictive of a player who’s not been slowing down with time. One season ago, Graham had 9.5 sacks. This past season, he got to the quarterback four times, but who one of the best when it came to quarterback pressures. He’s also very underrated against the run as well. He’s a key member of the defensive line and the Eagles are smart not to lose him to free agency. He’s one of the league’s best pure bull rushers, where he’s averaged 68 quarterback pressures in the last four seasons. The Eagles would have suffered a big drop off in production at his position had they have let him walk this offseason.
When you have a guy like Graham, you keep him around. His play on the field is one thing, but his attitude off of it is another. He’s a great example of a two-way player and by that, it means he’s great on and off the field. Players like him do not come around often.
Now, does this stop the Eagles from getting younger this offseason? Potentially, because this is a big investment in Graham. However, Chris Long and Michael Bennett along with Graham are getting up there in age, the Eagles could possibly still look early in the draft for a defensive end. Remember how they treated Derek Barnett when he was first drafted? Drafting a guy and giving him a lower end of the rotation will allow him to learn the ins and outs of the position before having the full responsibility. And, there’s no better crew to learn behind than Graham, Long, and Bennett.
But nonetheless, this is great news for a team looking to get right back in the Super Bowl. When you got a guy like Graham on your line, there’s always a chance at getting to the quarterback.
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