Brandon Graham might see Miami or Tennessee in his future
NFL’s free agency period doesn’t begin until Tuesday, so teams can’t offer contracts until then. (Cue mocking laughter from NFL executives). Despite this, many of the biggest names on the market have already agreed to terms, leaving many teams to turn to the second-tier options on the market.
One such option is Eagles end/linebacker Brandon Graham, who has received significant interest. According to Comcast Sports’ Derrick Gunn, Graham would prefer to sign with the Dolphins or the Titans:
Graham was a first-round pick of the Eagles in 2010, but has been underutilized by the team since then, and still has a lot of untapped potential.
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The 6’1″, 260-pound Graham has 17 career sacks, eight forced fumbles and only 16 career starts in five seasons, and has shifted between defensive end and linebacker with the Eagles, depending on the scheme.
The Dolphins may not have any spare money after signing Ndamukong Suh to a contract for all the money in the world (that’s a rough estimate). However, the Dolphins have a much better team around him (one of the best defenses in football last year against the pass) than the 2-14 Titans would.
It may come down to scheme preference for Graham, as the Dolphins play the 4-3, which would make him a defensive end, while the Titans run the 3-4, making him an outside linebacker.
The Giants also play the 4-3, and if their offer is substantial enough, they could be the ones who end up with the ex-Eagle.
It’s no surprise that the Eagles aren’t being mentioned as a possibility for Graham; they have lots of cap space, but Graham didn’t see many snaps with the team, particularly after Bill Davis came aboard as defensive coordinator. Thanks to that, we may know less about Graham than we do about any of his fellow draftees from 2010.
If and when Graham does leave, the Eagles will be without both he and the recently cut Trent Cole, and will probably look to add another rusher in free agency or the draft.
Whichever team ends up with Graham gets one of the more enigmatic talents in free agency, as we simply don’t know what kind of player Graham can be, and won’t until he gets real, consistent playing time. He may yet turn out to be an excellent rusher, and the team that signs him could end up scoring a coup.
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