Brandon Graham makes it clear that he plans to test free agency

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On Monday, Eagles defensive end Brandom Graham created the impression that he possibly would be willing to give his current team a hometown discount. On Tuesday, Graham made it clear that’s not the case.

“I love Philly but I owe it to myself and my family to explore free agency,” Graham told PFT by phone on Tuesday morning. “I’m in the business of doing what’s best for my family. I need to explore the market.”

Fueling Graham’s intent to make it to the market is the reality that the Eagles had been trying to get Graham signed to a new deal for a while, but that the offers hadn’t been deemed to be good enough by Graham. Now that he has completed his contract and carries no further injury risk, Graham can shop himself to the highest bidder.

“I’m a little disappointed that we tried the last couple years and couldn’t get a deal done,” Graham, a first-round pick of the Eagles in 2010, emphasized.

Graham’s contract becomes relevant because the Eagles’ season ended sooner than Graham and the team would have preferred. Graham explained that he believes the Eagles had the Saints on the ropes, and he knows that if he’d managed to recover the ball after forcing a Drew Brees fumble late in the first quarter, a field goal or a touchdown pushing the score to 17-0 or 21-0 may have become the dagger for the home team.

Eleven months ago, Graham delivered the dagger in Super Bowl LII, with a Tom Brady strip-sack that sealed the Eagles’ first-ever Super Bowl win. Whether he’ll continue to make such timely plays in Philly or elsewhere remains to be seen.

14 responses to “Brandon Graham makes it clear that he plans to test free agency

  1. Philly about to get a strong taste of using the team’s recent SB win and to lose players left and right. We shall see how the handle their rebuild.

    It’s not as easy as BB makes it out to be in NE.

  2. He has to say all that. He needs offers from other teams to set his worth and force the Eagles to raise their offer. I am sure his agent told him what to say. If another team blows his skirt up, it’s been nice to have ya Brandon. If not, we will sign you still for a LOT of money.

  3. This is part of the business but are players the only ones that do things because of their families. Let’s face it, Graham has made over 25 million dollars in the past 4 years. If his family isn’t ok now I am not sure explore free agency is going to help. I mean can owners use the same phrase and get away with it. Why don’t we just call it what it is. It’s business plain and simple. I don’t have no problem with that at all. Just business!

  4. There are a number of good free agent defensive ends this year, not to mention a lot of pass rushers in the draft. I think BG is worth more to Philly than what another team would be willing to give a 30 yr old with low sack totals last season

  5. This was always going to be the case. But the reality is that his play this year was overshadowed by Bennett’s play and he didn’t really show up until the end of the season. Philly needs a 12-13 sack guy to compliment Cox. That’s not Graham. I don’t see him back unless it’s a team friendly deal and am ok with that.

  6. rkt4mayor says:
    January 15, 2019 at 10:27 am
    Crap! We can’t afford to lose Brandon Graham unless Derek Barnett really steps it up!

    Barnett was playing better than Graham before he went on IR.

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    January 15, 2019 at 10:27 am
    Philly about to get a strong taste of using the team’s recent SB win and to lose players left and right. We shall see how the handle their rebuild.

    It’s not as easy as BB makes it out to be in NE.


    You never have anything positive to say about any team but the Pats. The Eagles are in a great position to sign free agents once they dump salaries. They have a lot of picks that they won’t trade away, and they will sign 2-3 free agents to replace the likes of Graham. Your team also cheated its way to at least 2 super bowls and who knows how many more. BG is worth about 20 mil over 4 years. If he gets more, then go get it. The Eagles got here by being smart you knucklehead. Not by signing Josh Gordon and other creeps of the world.

  8. Thats one of the “problems” of winning a Super Bowl with a lot of young players. If you already have a SB Ring its a little easier to chase the money instead of signing for a little less and staying with a contender. No shame in getting paid

  9. I would love to have him back.. He shows up in the big games. Good luck BG! Go get that money

  10. The truth is that Brandon Graham never played up to his first round draft pick status, he is a nice rotational DE – but his performance on the field only really started to pick up once he played next to Fletcher Cox. When defenses are forced to focus on a DT that can break through the middle and sack the QB, the corner spots get a whole lot easier to play. I am not saying Graham is a “nice” or “good” player, but his value on the open market will not reflect the performance on the field, as he won’t be playing next to Fletcher Cox – unless of course he goes to St. Louis – where the same dynamic exists. I agree with the a post further up, this is a player that the Eagles need to upgrade from and not resign to an artificially large contract.

  11. Graham thinks he’s worth Von Miller money when he plays more like Mike Mamula (better player then most thought but like Graham, made a play now and then but was always “almost there”)

    I don’t like Bennett personally and I despise his shoulder pads but he’s a better player then Graham, by BG..welcome back Bennett. Hopefully Chris Long does one more year and Barnett and Sweat need to step up..

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