There is no doubt that Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end/outside linebacker Brandon Graham is a talented player.
Graham’s tenure in Philadelphia, however, simply has not worked out. Graham battled several injuries throughout the first two years of his career, appearing in 13 games in his rookie season (and making just 13 total tackles and 3.0 sacks), then playing in only three games in his second year. However, over the last two seasons, Graham has played in all 32 games, but has not been nearly as productive as the Eagles had hoped.
Still, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com believes this may be the year the Eagles finally move Graham.
Finally healthy in 2012, Graham showed promise as a disruptive pass rusher only to be held to under 30 percent of the defensive snaps in Billy Davis’ ill-fitting 3-4 defense last season. The 2010 first-round draft pick has the talent to be a bargain pickup for a team with a 4-3 defense. The Eagles have been open to moving Graham for quite awhile now.
Wesseling lists the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals as potential suitors for Graham.
Each teams makes sense – the Patriots, Falcons and Buccaneers have had a lot of trouble getting after the quarterback lately, the Seahawks are always looking to add a defensive lineman to the mix and the Bengals lost defensive end Michael Johnson to the Buccaneers in the offseason.
Graham, the 13th-overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, has made 74 tackles, 11.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in his career.