Eagles news: Brandon Graham not expected to be re-signed by Philadelphia
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Brandon Graham not expected to be re-signed by Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles are not expected to re-sign defensive end Brandon Graham this offseason, according to Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice.

Graham may have sealed the Eagles’ Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots with his strip sack of Tom Brady last February, but this season, he wasn’t very productive.

Overall in 2018, Graham registered 39 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. For a guy who will turn 31 in April, the dip in production is a bit concerning.

Graham, who played his collegiate football at the University of Michigan, was originally selected by Philadelphia in the first round (13th overall pick) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

While the Detroit native has been an Eagle ever since, he has never quite lived up to expectations.

It took Graham until his sixth NFL season to finally become a starter along Philadelphia’s defensive line, and up until that point, he had accumulated just 17 sacks total over his first five years in the league.

He finished with 51 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles during his first season as a starter in 2015 and then followed that up with 59 stops, 5.5 sacks, a couple of forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 2016.

Graham’s best season came during the Eagles’ Super Bowl campaign last year, when he recorded 47 tackles, 9.5 sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a defensive touchdown.

Philadelphia went 9-7 this year, sneaking into the playoffs during the final week of the regular season. The Eagles went on to upset the Chicago Bears in the Wild Card Round before falling to the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round.