Brandon Graham might’ve played his last snap with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Is there a chance he could be back in Philly for 2019?
Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints was a lot more than just being eliminated from the playoffs to select players of the Philadelphia Eagles. For defensive end Brandon Graham, it potentially marked the end of an era for him in a midnight green jersey. The veteran pass rusher has spent his first nine seasons in the NFL with the Eagles, and now he could be off to the free agency market to sign with a new team for the first time in his professional career.
The Eagles tried to get a deal done with Graham before the 2018 season had begun, but both parties couldn’t come to an agreement. It wasn’t shocking, considering the cash situation in Philly isn’t exactly ideal. Not only are the Eagles at the bottom of the barrel in cap space right now, but looking towards the future, it doesn’t get any more comfortable on the financial end of things.
There’s a quarterback who will be offered a ton of money, and there’s plenty of other patch-up jobs that need to be completed via free agency. Unfortunately, Graham’s production hasn’t exactly been consistently positive. And seeing as though he wasn’t nearly as productive in 2018 after a career-year in 2017, the former first-round pick might not be worth the extension for the Eagles.
Would Graham consider a discount for the Eagles?
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Brandon Graham will head into the 2019 offseason after what was visibly a down year for the veteran edge rusher. He wrapped up a 16 game season with 39 total tackles and four sacks. Still, many expect Graham to get a few generous offers from teams who are in need of a pass rusher. Coming off of what is statistically a disappointing year, Graham’s market may not be as demanding as it was during the last offseason. That’s great news for the Eagles, who could attempt to retain him during the offseason, as they will be on the hunt for more depth up front on defense.
The real question here though is – Will Brandon Graham offer a hometown discount to the Eagles? Nowadays, assuming that players will take less for the better fit is not out of the question. Nigel Bradham and Darren Sproles did it last offseason. And even Mike Wallace came to Philly for the first time after receiving more money from other teams as well. Seeing as though the Eagles have been all that Graham knows in his career, he may take less to hang everything up here.
"“I aint going to be silly, I only have so many years I can do this but if it’s two million off from somebody else, obviously I’m going to stay where I’m at. I feel like people know me here, that’s what I mean when I say, ‘Is it worth going somewhere else? … I know I am happy here.”“Am I willing to take less to be here?… All I am going to say is we will figure it out. People know I love Philly. My first priority is to make sure we can work something out. I respect that they drafted me here — Howie [Roseman], I was his first guy.”"
As Graham was packing up his belongings in the Eagles locker room for what could potentially be the last time, the veteran pass rusher threw out some hints that he would consider taking a lower price for the Philadelphia Eagles if it’s reasonable enough. That’s not saying a whole lot considering that we’re not exactly sure how Howie Roseman feels about handing Graham an offer, but it’s probably safe to assume that the Eagles will have the advantage in the market for Graham during the offseason when free agency rolls around.