Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Things we’d like to forget about Brandon Graham
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Graham’s 41 total tackles in 2016 are the most of his professional career. His 5.5 sacks tie his second highest total in that category of his career (a feat he’s achieved three times). The only season that saw him produce more came in 2015 when he accumulated 6.5 sacks. There’s a couple of fair questions to ask that no one’s bringing up.
Is it fair to say he’s just a guy who produces about five sacks a season? He wants more money because he and his agent believe he played at a level that proves he’s worth more than the $4 million base contract he earned in 2016. What about all of those years he was paid like the 13th-overall selection in the draft but played like a journeyman? Doesn’t it all balance out?
We said it earlier, and we’ll say it again. The Eagles definitely need Graham’s best effort during the 2017 season. We can argue all day about a fair number for both sides, but that will, ultimately, be a decision that the Eagles organization and Graham’s camp come to without our help. In the meantime, he’ll be in the fold for at least two more years. We expect him to be a professional. Based on what he’s shown us so far, there’s no reason to believe he’d conduct himself any other way.