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Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Graham Says Teammates Asked for $100,000 Loan

CINCINNATI - AUGUST 20:  Brandon Graham #54 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after making a tackle during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on August 20, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jason KarlAnalyst IIIFebruary 28, 2011

As the 13th overall pick in last year's draft, Eagles' defensive end Brandon Graham signed a five year contract worth about $21 million, with $12.32 million guaranteed.

According to, Brandon Graham made $1.69 million in total as a rookie last season.

The uncertain CBA, a question of whether there will be a season next year will affect the players financially.

Graham told the Philadelphia Sports Daily today that he has had teammates come to him and say they’re broke, asking for loans of as much as $100,000.

“They try not to make it awkward. They’ll come to you like they’re joking, but they’re serious. They’re trying to feel you out, to see what you’ll say,” Graham said.

Graham even continued to say that if his teammates could not manage their own money, there would be no way he would lend them any of his money.

“I’ll be like, ‘What are you going to do with it, other than blow it?’ I don’t want to be beefing with guys on my team because they owe me money,” Graham said.

With the situation of the current CBA, players have to start saving their money because they may not earn a salary next year.

It is not Graham's duty to care for grown men who waste their money.

Before last season, teams were telling their players to save their money because of the unlikelihood of a NFL season next year.

Graham is correct in this situation. Not only will he lose a lot of cash to athletes who do not know how to manage their money or invest it properly, friendships and relationships will probably be destroyed in the process as well.

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