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Brandon Graham | Linebacker

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/3/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 265
College: Michigan
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Free agent DE/OLB Brandon Graham is expected to reach the open market.
The Eagles freed up $14.925 million in cap space by releasing Cary Williams and Trent Cole on Tuesday, but apparently won't give Graham what he's looking for before the start of free agency on March 10. A February report said Graham was seeking a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $30 million. Philly will be extremely thin on outside linebackers if Graham joins Cole as an ex-Eagle. Mar 3 - 6:01 PM

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Free agent DE/OLB Brandon Graham is reportedly seeking a four-year contract in the neighborhood of $30M, with $20M guaranteed.

The No. 13 overall pick in the 2010 draft was once considered a bust. But he really came on as a rotational rusher last season, recording 5.5 sacks and grading out as PFF's No. 5 3-4 outside linebacker. Now 26 years old and trending up with scheme versatility, he's a quiet threat to get a big payday. The $30M he's seeking sounds obscene until you consider Everson Griffen got a five-year, $42.5 million contract with $20 million guaranteed from the Vikings last March.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 12 - 10:08 AM

Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia expects the Eagles to move on from free agent OLB Brandon Graham.

Graham managed 5.5 sacks despite playing just 43 percent of snaps in a rotational role last year. He reportedly wants to play in a 4-3 scheme and should be able to land a starting role on the open market. Rotoworld's No. 9 free-agent edge rusher, Graham will likely command $5 million-plus annually.
Feb 11 - 5:17 PM

Impending free agent OLB Brandon Graham hinted he'd like to return to a 4-3 defense.

"A 4-3 end - pass rushing is what you do," Graham said. "I think a 4-3 end, it's better because you're always going that way. You're never backing up." It took Graham a bit to make the switch to 3-4 outside linebacker, but he's flourished there in 2014. Still, he feels more comfortable in a 4-3 scheme. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, some compare Graham to Vikings DE Everson Griffen, who inked a five-year, $42.5 million deal with Minnesota last offseason.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 09:22:00 AM

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher reports the Eagles have engaged in contract-extension talks with impending free agent OLB Brandon Graham.

After a couple offseasons of speculation about his future and fit in DC Billy Davis' 3-4, Graham has had a breakout 2014 with six sacks, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 5 outside linebacker. Starting OLB Trent Cole is expected to be released after the season. Graham could slide in opposite Connor Barwin, with 2014 first-round pick Marcus Smith as the No. 3 edge rusher. Graham will probably seek $5 million-plus annually.
Source: CSN Philly
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 10:52:00 AM

Brandon Graham will start at the "Predator" OLB position with Trent Cole (hand) likely to miss Week 16.

It's a big chance for Graham, the No. 13 overall pick in 2010. But it's actually an upgrade for the Eagles on Cole, as Graham has impressed in a rotational role this season. He's sporting six sacks and more than holding his own against the run, grading out as PFF's No. 5 outside linebacker. Bryan Braman would step in as the Eagles' third OLB if Cole sits.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 08:50:00 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Eagles will "probably" trade OLB/DE Brandon Graham.

The Eagles took Louisville OLB Marcus Smith in the first round last night and are going to move on from Graham, who doesn't fit the scheme. Coach Chip Kelly likes long-armed athletic players. Graham is short and stout at 6-foot-2 and 265 pounds. They'd take just about anything for him at this point.
Fri, May 9, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Philly Mag reports the Eagles are "open to moving" OLB/DE Brandon Graham.

They probably want to trade Graham at this point. He's clearly not a fit in the 3-4 defense as an undersized pass rusher at 6-foot-2. The 13th overall pick in the 2010 draft is entering the final year of his deal and has 11.5 career sacks. He's already reportedly been dangled in talks for Dion Jordan. If the Eagles can't trade Graham, they may very well just cut him.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 09:23:00 AM

Eagles OLB Brandon Graham's roster spot may be in jeopardy.

Graham, the 13th pick in the 2010 draft, played just 27 percent of the defensive snaps as a backup last season and proved to be a poor fit for the 3-4 defense. He registered just 19 tackles and three sacks and has only one year left on his rookie deal. The Eagles would likely look to deal Graham before simply releasing him. Philadelphia needs an edge rusher to pair with Connor Barwin.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 05:14:00 PM

Brandon Graham has continued to run with the second-team defense at Eagles training camp.

He was also a second-teamer at OTAs. Connor Barwin and Trent Cole are the starting outside linebackers in first-year coordinator Billy Davis' new 3-4. Graham is down to 264 pounds and was Philadelphia's best pass rusher on a per-play basis last season. The Eagles would be silly to not involve him heavily.
Sat, Jul 27, 2013 12:44:00 PM

Eagles OLB Brandon Graham practiced as the second-team left outside linebacker behind Connor Barwin for most of the spring.

The LOLB in new coordinator Bill Davis' defense is a "Joker" type role with the player moving all around the formation pre-snap to disguise defensive intentions. It's a bit of an odd job for Graham, who is a ferocious pass rusher but does little else well. At this point, Graham isn't looking like a Week 1 starter.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 03:41:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer believes it's "difficult to see" either Brandon Graham or Trent Cole as long-term solutions in the Eagles' new 3-4 defense.

Cole and Graham were both primarily ears-pinned-back rushers in Andy Reid's preferred 4-3 defense, but will now be tasked with dropping back into coverage as 3-4 outside linebackers. Both players are dropping weight in an effort to be more mobile. If Graham and/or Cole can show pass-rush ability, we don't see why they can't be short-or long-term solutions in Philadelphia. It's worth noting that aging Cole has no guaranteed money beyond this season.
Tue, May 14, 2013 07:03:00 PM

Eagles OLB Brandon Graham has gotten his weight down to 260 after playing in the 270s last season.

Graham is converting from defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker. He weighed 285 as recently as the 2011 season. Graham exploded down the stretch of 2012, recording four sacks, 23 tackles, and a forced fumble over the final five games. He'll battle Trent Cole and Connor Barwin for a starting job in training camp.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 01:44:00 PM

Eagles DE Brandon Graham confirms he's anticipating a switch to outside linebacker next season.

"I think linebacker is where I’m going to be — outside linebacker," Graham said Friday. Graham is trying to get down to 260 pounds after playing between 270-275 last season. GM Howie Roseman said last month he's confident Graham can make the switch. "He can rush the passer. He can hold the edge. He can play in space. I think that's a transition Brandon can do."
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 01:30:00 PM

Eagles GM Howie Roseman projects starting DEs Brandon Graham and Trent Cole as stand-up pass rushers in the 3-4 defense.

"I think he can do that," Roseman said of Graham. "He can play. He can rush the passer. He can hold the edge. He can play in space. I think that's a transition Brandon can do." Roseman said both Graham and Cole were viewed as linebackers coming out of college. Graham has some LaMarr Woodley to his game.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 06:37:00 PM