Graham said he is working on his technique, and his goal in 2017 will be to "get the quarterback down" more often, Zach Berman of Philly.com reports. In a season in which he led the NFL in pressures and posted a career high in tackles, Graham still only accrued 5.5 sacks in 2016. The Eagles hope his second year at end in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defense will be a breakthrough season for the 29-year-old in that department. However, where he lines up will be key, as he could step into the void left by Connor Barwin at right end and would then face the most talented offensive linemen in the league. Further complicating the matter is whether the Eagles will use the draft to add yet another end to a fold that already has Graham, Chris Long and Vinny Curry vying for playing time.
Graham had two tackles in the Eagles Week 17 win over the Cowboys. Graham's two tackles Sunday were part of his 59 on the season, a new career high for the seven-year veteran. He also recorded 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a pass defensed this season, right around his career average in each category. He'll enter the third year of his four-year contract next season.
Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham feels the optimism of a guy coming off his best season. "I'm feeling the best I've ever felt," he told the team website. It's no wonder. He recorded career-highs in tackles (36), tackles for losses (13 1/2), assists (11) and sacks (5.5) in 2014. He earned significant playing time in a rotation at that position. And with Trent Cole off to Indianapolis, those reps could increase this year. Graham has toiled feverishly to improve his game and adapt to a new defensive system. The result was a new four-year contract with the team. "I understand the game and the league and what it takes to get it done here," he said. "I think I've grown up. I'm serious about being a great player. I want to be the best."
The Eagles re-signed outside linebacker Brandon Graham to a four-year, $26 million deal with $14 million guaranteed, reports Birds 24/7. Graham chose Philly over the Giants. "I'm just happy to be back with the Eagles," Graham told the website. Graham, 26, is a rising star who registered 46 tackles, 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles as a part-time player last season. The 6-2, 265-pounder has not missed a game in the past three years. The Eagles announced it as a four-year deal without specifying the money involved.
Free agent outside linebacker Brandon Graham will either re-sign with the Eagles or move to the Giants, reports NBC4 in Washington. Graham, 26, has multiple offers after recording 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and 46 tackles as a part-time player last season.