Philadelphia Eagles talk: Brandon Graham wants a new deal
Brandon Graham is one of the longest-tenured Philadelphia Eagles on the current roster, and now, he’s made it clear that he wants to be a part of this team for the rest of his career.
For Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham, stripping the ball from the grasp of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was yet another highlight in a 2017 season that was full of them. That play led to a field goal that would, ultimately, seal the victory and deliver the first-ever Lombardi Trophy to Philly. That moment helped to ensure Graham would remain in the memories and hearts of Eagles fans forever.
That’s assuming that he wasn’t there already. Graham’s spent the first eight seasons of his NFL career in Philly. Now, he’s made it clear that he wants to spend the rest of his career there as well.
Here’s what we know.
Valentine’s Day for number 55 included an appearance on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Quick Slants. When he was asked about his future with ‘The Birds’, here’s what he said.
"For me, it’s all about getting as much as you can while you can play because when it’s over, it’s over. I know Howie (Roseman) and those guys, if they want me here, they’re going to make sure that they get me here. For me, I want to be here. Everybody knows I want to be here. They see the passion I have and I’m happy to be able to bring the trophy back to Philly. Now, it’s just all about just making sense, just getting me protected for the future because obviously I want to retire here. I know I’m going to retire here because I’ve been here a long time. I would love to retire here. It’s all on what they want to do. I’m just going to embrace it, whatever it is."
Come on Philly. Let’s get a deal done.
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This one’s pretty easy. If this deal can be worked out financially, Graham will stay in the midnight green, black, white and silver of the Eagles. He’s entering the final year of his contract, a deal that will pay him $7 million in 2018, but there’s just one glaring issue. The Eagles have minimal salary cap space.
This is executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman that we’re discussing though. He’s been a whiz with the cap, and he’s known for taking care of his homegrown talent and valuable players who produce. Vinny Curry, Timmy Jernigan and Fletcher Cox are all locked up.
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Eagles fans are all hoping that the Eagles’ brass agrees with the sentiment that it’s Graham’s turn.