Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Brandon Graham had the best season of his career in 2014, and he has been rewarded with a four-year, $26 million contract. This includes $14 million in guaranteed money.
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Graham was set to become a free agent, but he made the most of his relatively limited playing time by tying his career high for sacks with 5.5.
The 2010 Senior Bowl MVP has not panned out as expected since being selected 13th overall in the 2010 draft, but he is only 26 years old and may see his numbers rise with more playing time.
The Eagles are expected to give him a bigger role in 2015 though due to his contract and since longtime pass-rushing threat Trent Cole has been released.
Defense proved to be a problem for the Eagles in 2014, but they have done everything they can to revamp it by signing cornerback Byron Maxwell and trading for linebacker Kiko Alonso.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport revealed the details of Graham’s new contract on Twitter.
The #Eagles signed Brandon Graham to a 4-year deal worth $26M, source said. He gets $14M guaranteed
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2015