The Eagles traded up in the 2010 draft Brandon Graham in the first round. Through injuries and inconsistency, the team stuck with the talented Michigan Wolverine. Today, Graham repaid the Birds for their patience, as he inked a four-year deal to stay in Philadelphia.
The former defensive end found a home as an outside rushing linebacker in defensive coordinator Billy Davis‘ scheme. Since Davis took over the defense, Graham has amassed 8.5 sacks and four forced fumbles, in limited playing time. With the departure of Trent Cole, Graham appears slated to start. Rumors of an Eagles-Graham deal came around shortly after 2 pm, as Dianna Russini of NBC Washington tweeted the linebacker was choosing between the Birds and New York Giants.
With the Eagles starting linebackers seemingly in place, the questions now fall to whether the team will bring back incumbent starting inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
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