Brandon Graham Agrees to Eagles Contract Extension Reportedly Worth Almost $20M

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (55) stands on the field during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Jennifer Stewart)
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The Philadelphia Eagles and star defensive end Brandon Graham agreed to a one-year contract extension Monday, the team announced. 

Philadelphia Eagles @Eagles

We’ve signed DE Brandon Graham to a one-year contract extension. @Toyota | #FlyEaglesFly https://t.co/vfEkYtZKLt

The deal will pay him $20 million over the next two seasons, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. 

Graham was originally set to make $13 million in 2021. Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports reported that "most of [the extension] comes in a signing bonus for cap purposes."

John Clark @JClarkNBCS

Brandon Graham told me he hopes to finish his career with the Eagles and he believes with this contract extension today, he will be able to “Just happy to be back to work” BG is now signed for the next 2 seasons https://t.co/zervf5xtTZ

The 32-year-old has continued to be productive for the Eagles. He posted 46 tackles (13 for loss), eight sacks, 16 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 16 game for the Eagles last season. It was the third time in the past four years he's posted eight or more sacks. 

Graham's counting stats may not jump off the screen, but he's long been an impact player off the edge, collapsing the pocket and serving as a solid run defender. 


Total Pressures since 2017: 1. Aaron Donald - 375 2. Cam Jordan - 279 3. Khalil Mack - 274 4. Brandon Graham - 253 https://t.co/heb4Lmu7mb


Brandon Graham and the Eagles have agreed on a one-year extension that will pay close to $20M over the next two years, per @JFowlerESPN Graham: 92.1 career PFF Grade (T-3rd) https://t.co/Uek8u9hJLR

Jeff Kerr @JeffKerrCBS

Only three players in the #NFL had 8 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, and 2 forced fumbles in 2020: T.J. Watt Haason Reddick Brandon Graham #Eagles https://t.co/vDnrhAylis

He's also a Philadelphia legend, as his strip-sack of Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LII was one of the key plays in the team's only Super Bowl triumph. 

It's no surprise that Graham isn't interested in ever playing anywhere else, as he told The Athletic's Zach Berman earlier in March:

"I don't want to go anywhere. I know I don't have long, but I know for me, I'm here in Philly. So when I'm (retired, I'm) either going to be working here or doing something in Philly to stay connected to the team. I don't want to mess that up by just dipping out when things got a little tough. But who knows how it's gonna go this year? Jalen (Hurts) might go in there and rock our world and lead this team down a road that I feel we could (go)."

After Monday's extension, it sure seems likely that Graham will finish his playing career in Philly.