Over the years, multiple defensive players from the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl 52-winning team have left the squad via free agency or a trade. Brandon Graham could end up being the next such player to say his farewells to the Eagles organization.
As it stands, Graham has a mere one more season remaining on his contract, as he is set to hit free agency next year. The veteran defensive end currently holds a cap hit of $9.413 million for the 2022 campaign.
If it were up to Graham, he would finish the remainder of his playing career in the NFL by continuing to suit up for the Eagles. But as he noted on JAKIB Media’s “Sports Take” show, he would be open to taking his talents elsewhere after the coming season.
“You know what? I would [play elsewhere],” Graham said. “But it would only be probably for a year. The kids are together right now and they’re settled, so that always – I know they wouldn’t up and leave right away – so being away from them and the family, that would only probably last a year.
“We’d see how it works out, but I’d probably end up playing 14 [years] instead of 15. My goal is to finish on 15 if I could, as an Eagle.”
Graham’s 12th year with the Eagles was one to forget, as he suffered a season-ending torn Achilles injury during the Week 2 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. He did take part in OTAs with the Eagles over the past month and is on par to receive the green light to feature for the team come Week 1 of the 2022 campaign.
In the big picture, Graham is aiming to make the most out of his upcoming 13th season in Philadelphia.
“I’m here right now, I’ve got another opportunity,” Graham said. “It’s the last year on my deal, they’re gonna honor me for this year. … Because you didn’t have football last year, you had time with the kids, and you still got one year left of football if that’s what you choose to do.”
Graham is expected to receive plenty of help at the line of scrimmage in the coming season, which comes after Eagles general manager Howie Roseman bolstered the team’s front seven depth by hauling in the likes of Jordan Davis and Haason Reddick over the past months.