Fresh off helping his Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl title, defensive end Brandon Graham is now out here looking to get paid the big bucks.
The 29-year-old former first-round pick is coming off a career-best 2017 campaign that saw him record 47 tackles, 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He’s also now openly talking about looking for an extension.
“For me, it’s all about getting as much as you can while you can play because when it’s over, it’s over,” Graham said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I know Howie (Roseman) and those guys, if they want me here, they’re going to make sure that they get me here.”
That’s what we would call not holding back.
Graham is entering the final season of a four-year, $26 million extension he signed with the Eagles back in 2015. The defensive end missed part of last year’s volunatary offseason workouts. Some had concluded that it had to do with his contract situation.
While Graham has since denied that, his latest comments suggest that there could be an issue if the Eagles don’t offer him a lucrative extension. Remember, Philadelphia has locked up fellow defenders Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry and Tim Jernigan in recent months. That could also be playing a role in Graham’s thinking right now.
It’s something to look at as the Eagles transition from their championship 2017 campaign to the offseason.