After all that’s been said about player movement recently, this may be hard to believe, but there may be a chance Brandon Graham stays with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Philadelphia Eagles figure to look very different when the 2019 regular season rolls around. For many it was tough to say goodbye to guys who played a major role in bringing the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ its’ first Lombardi Trophy. Still, we knew the salary cap wouldn’t allow for guys like Patrick Robinson, LeGarrette Blount and Trey Burton to stick around. One year later, we’re discussing Brandon Graham.
It would be difficult to identify the major loss that’s bound to occur in free agency this time around. Honestly, we haven’t even reached March 13th, the dawn of the new league year, nor have we truly identified who will wind up being the salary cap casualties. We do, however know for a fact this team will lose several key contributors.
It’s impossible to say, with a straight face, that Ronald Darby, Jay Ajayi, Jordan Hicks, Nick Foles, Golden Tate, Mike Wallace, Darren Sproles, Haloti Ngata and Graham will all be on this team in 2019. Philly can’t keep all of them and wind up under the salary cap.
To be honest, there’s no guarantee that they won’t lose all of them, but despite the fact that, in Graham’s case, we were told ’55’ was interested in dipping in the free agency pool, but a recent report by ESPN’s Tim McManus states a source close to Graham believes the longtime Eagle is ’50/50′ about the chance of staying in Philly.
McManus offers his own opinion, and according to him, the most realistic outcome is the one that ends with Graham leaving.
It’s nice to hear there’s a possibility that he’d return, but it’s hard to imagine a scenario on which he would. He’d, no doubt, command a big payday somewhere else, and it seems as though Philly has too many needs on both side of the ball to make that type of major investment.
Stranger things have happened though. Maybe ‘The Birds’ can work some salary cap magic, but when you throw in all of the other rumors, like Philly’s trading for Antonio Brown and giving serious thought to acquiring Le’Veon Bell, it seems even more unlikely that Graham’s in the plans for the future. Still, we’re all going to have to wait and see what happens.