Doug Pederson not worried about the absence of Brandon Graham

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There’s a disagreement in the media regarding the reason for the recent absence of Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham from offseason workouts, but there’s no disagreement regarding the fact that he hasn’t been there. Coach Doug Pederson addressed the situation on Friday, in a session with reporters held following a rookie minicamp practice.

“Listen,” the Andy Reid protégé said to start the answer, in classic Reid fashion, “I love Brandon, and obviously he and I have a great relationship. He’s been here. As you guys know, this is a voluntary offseason program, so a lot of this is out of my hands. But he’s a guy that is valuable to the football team and I’m not worried about him at all.”

It’s one thing for Graham to miss Phase Two sessions. Does Pederson expect Graham to be present when Phase Three arrives and Organized Team Activities commence?

“The expectation is would I like him here? Yeah,” Pederson said. “[Are these practices] voluntary? [Yeah], I got it. And that’s the hardest part as a coach is when you’re working on that type of schedule, it’s hard. But at the same time, he’s a guy that is a veteran player, understands his role, understands his assignment, and [we] expect big things from him this season.”

Graham has two years remaining on a four-year, $26 million deal. He’s due to earn $6.5 million each of the next two years, with none of it guaranteed.

19 responses to “Doug Pederson not worried about the absence of Brandon Graham

  1. I find it hilarious that there is a disagreement in the media over why Brandon Graham is absent. This points to pure speculation. It’s not even news.

    Go ask Brandon or the coach.

  2. This entire Brandon Graham will-he-or-won’t-he saga is just absolutely enthralling. If I was any more on the edge of my seat I’d literally fall over!

  3. Like any NFL coach Pederson has his share of things to worry about. The rock steady and reliable Brandon Graham is not one of them.

    A Giants fan

  4. It’s not a huge thing that everyone is making it out to be. He’s with his family. McLane is just trying to make headlines. If there is a contract thing it’ll work itself out.

  5. Give the player a break. These guys already have to work a whole 6-7 months a year for a 6,7,8 figure salary. Poor things.

  6. I bet next one of the items tabled at the next CBA will be to get rid of these ‘voluntary’ practices altogether. Every time a player decides not to attend, people (the media? coaches?) look at him sideways.

    Should be simple – split them 50/50, get rid of half, make half regular practices. But nothing is simple when it comes to the NFL and NFLPA!

  7. One would think a player that has none of his salary guaranteed would want to make sure he gets paid and not cut.

  8. Doug’s response to the question about Graham: “Ummm….Red Right 30 Pull Trap.”

    Seriously…Doug’s a good dude who just wants to run practices, call plays, and be a coach. He’s mostly thinking about the on-field stuff and the skill sets of each of his players. That’s pretty obvious. You’re not gonna get anything but boilerplate out of him.

  9. harrisonhits2 says:
    May 12, 2017 8:23 PM
    One would think a player that has none of his salary guaranteed would want to make sure he gets paid and not cut

    One would think he would not be out of work long.

  10. I was excited when we drafted him 7 years ago. In those 7 years, he has 30 sacks and has only started 16 games once. I just don’t see where the justification for a holdout is coming from.

  11. Under appreciated by the every day Joe Eagles fan.
    The guy was screwed by the ACL in his rookie year, and then screwed when he would be put in at DT here and there in a 4-3 experiment during the last couple years of Reid, and then screwed by the 3-4 change by Chip and limited game snaps. All through it was clear he was a baller when he was on the field. Why Howie resigned even though it was still a 3-4 going into the 2015 season. He was figuring Davis and the 3-4 would be replaced in 2016 with a 4-3, but turned out it was Chip as well (thankfully).

    He is a rock solid 4-3 DE, and plays way bigger than the “sack” stat.

    The one thing that seems to of come out of his misuse/lack-of-use in his first six years was keeping his body from wear and tear. He still has 4 really good years left in him even at 29.

    Next year they should extend him (or even this year if the cap numbers permit) another two years with some garuanteed money. He’s the exact type of player that you want on your team for many reasons.

  12. autoriot says:
    May 13, 2017 1:55 AM
    I just don’t see where the justification for a holdout is coming from.

    What hold out? He isn’t attending a VOLUNTARY off season program

  13. As a fan of a different NFC east team, I hope the talk of a holdout is true. Graham is an excellent player.

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