Brandon Graham wants to play two more years and retire in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform. That’s his plan in a perfect world, but things don’t always follow the script players want them to follow in the NFL. Graham is a free agent and is “generating interest” from other teams on the open market.
One of those teams is the Cleveland Browns, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus. Graham, the 13th overall pick of the Eagles in 2010, has stated multiple times that his preferred desire is to return to Philly. It’s the only organization he has ever known. And it’s a place special to his heart, especially after his strip sack secured the franchise’s first-ever Lombardi Trophy in 2018.
Eagles free agent DE Brandon Graham is generating interest from other teams, including the Browns, sources say.
His preference is to finish his career in Philly but sense here is he’s open to signing elsewhere, depending on where the Eagles come in with their offer.
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) March 3, 2023
But the Eagles are up against a tight salary cap in 2023 and Graham may be the unfortunate casualty of a numbers crunch stemming from 19 unrestricted free agents. The 34-year-old pass rusher is coming off a career year in which he posted 11 sacks and 16 quarterback hits. Spotrac has projected his worth at $5.7 million, which could be a bargain for an AFC team looking to move on from high-priced defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
7-10 | 42nd Pick | HC: Kevin Stefanski
• Hired Jim Schwartz as DC replacing Joe Woods
• Notable FA’s: ILB Anthony Walker Jr., DE Jadeveon Clowney, C Ethan Pocic, CB Greedy Williams
• Possible Cuts: SS John Johnson III (saves 9.75m), WR Jakeem Grant ($2.5m) pic.twitter.com/dIxmTWEkbR
— Frosty (@FrostyTalksFB) February 22, 2023
Graham Has Addressed His NFL Future Multiple Times
Graham hasn’t been quiet about his plans to continue playing football in 2023. His most recent comments came during Super Bowl week when he told CBS Sports’ Zach Gelb that he was “definitely playing.” The Eagles remain his first preference, but he’s well aware that everything might not work out there.
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