The Eagles reached a four-year deal with Brandon Graham, keeping the former outside linebacker in Philadelphia. Graham agreed to a four-year deal worth $26 million, with $14 million guaranteed, according to a source. Graham, who turns 27 next month, is expected to take over Trent Cole's role as starting right outside linebacker.
Birds 24/7 first reported the signing.
The deal continues a career turnaround for Graham, who dealt with injuries and scheme changes early after the Eagles traded up in the first round of the 2010 draft to acquire Graham. He shed the "bust" label and is now a foundation piece for the Eagles' defense. Graham adjusted to the 3-4 defense, recording 5.5 sacks in a part-time role last year.
After the Eagles released Trent Cole last week, the Eagles had an opening at outside linebacker. Graham had expressed interest in returning to a 4-3 team, but he also wanted to find a starting job. The Eagles offered a starting job in a place he's familiar, and he will need to continue the progress he displayed last season.
More to come...