Philadelphia Eagles veteran defensive end Brandon Graham knows he could be on his last stretch with the team in his career.
Is 2018 the final year for defensive end Brandon Graham being on the Philadelphia Eagles? Being that he is in his contract year, the Eagles have a tough decision to make when the season wraps up. Either Graham gets an extension one more time with the Eagles. Or the team lets him walk and he throws on another team’s uniform for the first time in his professional career.
Regardless of what the Eagles final decision is, it’s not going to be easy. He’s been with the Eagles since he was drafted in 2010. If Graham walks, it would be another end of an era for a homegrown Eagles player. If the Eagles somehow find a way to get Graham back for cheap, then it could be a hit or miss deal, considering that Graham hasn’t exactly followed up his career-year with a productive season.
Regardless of what the plan is though, Graham is looking at the next four games like this is the last stretch that he will play in Philadelphia. In all honesty, it just might be. But Graham hasn’t checked out just yet.
In his mind, Brandon Graham is ready for the Eagles to buckle up and finally go on a tear for the first time this year. The opportunity is still there for the Eagles to make the playoffs, and Graham wants to help the Eagles get back to where they belong. That’s at the top of the division, and back into the postseason.
What is Graham’s outlook for the rest of the season?
"“I thought about it. And I’m just like, man, what better way if this is going to be the last year, than go out winning a back-to-back. I feel like, us right now, all we gotta do is get into it and the sky is the limit on where we can go. We’re getting healthy at the right time. And, yes, I have thought about it, trying to make it special.”"
According to NBC Sports Philly reporter Dave Zangaro, Brandon Graham is looking for the Eagles to finally hit their stride late in the season when it matters most. Now that the year is winding down, it’s finally starting to settle in that Graham’s days in Philly are most likely numbered. It’s unfortunate, but it all makes sense.
It seems as though the Eagles wanted to pump the brakes on offering Graham any significant deal, even though he was coming off of a career-year in sacks. All contract talks were pushed aside, and by the looks of Graham’s production this season, they may not negotiate anymore with the pass rusher.
With only four sacks on the year, Graham has been far less significant in comparison to last season. And seeing as though he will be 31 years old in 2019, it may be in the Eagles best interest to let Graham walk. It’s only a matter of time, and Graham pretty much knows it at this point.