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Old 02-14-2018, 07:17 PM   #1
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Brandon Graham makes himself clear about contract

By Dave Zangaro | NBC Sports Philadelphia February 14, 2018 6:00 PM



It doesn't appear that Brandon Graham is going to be shy about this.

He wants a new contract.
The Eagles' star 29-year-old defensive end, pretty fresh off making the biggest play in Super Bowl LII (see story), was on NBC Sports Philadelphia's Quick Slants on Wednesday night and was asked about his future.
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 and 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."
Pretty clear. He wants a new deal. Obviously he wants a new deal.
Graham had a career-high 9 sacks in 2017 and was the Eagles' most disruptive pass rusher while also being dynamic for the team's NFL-best run defense.
Graham is entering the final year of his current contract (a four-year deal from 2015) that will pay him a base salary of $7 million in 2018, but he's been playing at an extremely high level and he's watched as defensive line teammates Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry and now Tim Jernigan have all cashed in. He understandably thinks it's now his turn.
Before the start of last season, the Eagles added $1.5 million in incentives to the final two years of Graham's contract. At the time, it was a nice showing of good faith.
You'll remember that Graham was missing for part of the Eagles' voluntary workout program last offseason. While it was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer that his absence was fueled by contract concerns and it was possible he would miss OTAs, that was never proven. Graham denied that report and showed up when OTAs began. Maybe there wasn't a dispute at the time, but it has been pretty clear that Graham wants a new contract.
The real question surrounding all this is about what Graham is willing to do in an attempt to get a new deal. After all, he's under contract for this season and the first mandatory dates don't come until June. Would he be willing to get fined for missing a mandatory minicamp or even more substantial fines for missing training camp to prove a point?
None of that is clear yet as the confetti from the Eagles' first Super Bowl championship has just been cleaned up. What is clear is that Graham wants a new contract and is seemingly deserving. Now, we'll just have to see how it all goes.

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Well, that was a short off-season.

There are too many FAs on this team to keep them all
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Old 02-14-2018, 07:29 PM   #3
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That's why they pay Howie I guess. My initial reaction is that he was paid the first year or two when he wasn't performing like a superstar so I hope he remembers that. I would also agree with him that the others on the DL got paid; however, I'm not sure they got paid early. I have no qualms with paying him next year or giving him a new deal now if he is willing to accept that they don't have to do it this year AND they gave him some incentives (although minor) when they didn't have to so don't bust their balls
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:50 PM   #4
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he was a good soldier and played LB even though he had no real shot at being good at it.
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Graham and his agent need to remember all the money he stole from the Eagles those first few years!
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They will,get a deal done with him, a new deal would actually help,their cap
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