Report: Eagles, Brandon Graham Working on an Extension

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This is a good nugget from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora:

Graham is signed through 2018, but the Eagles realize his value to the team and are known for trying to extend their core players this time of year, before the season ends. They are hopeful of completing an extension for the pass rusher, and have an ongoing dialogue with his representatives. The Eagles gave an indication of their opinion of Graham, a first-round pick in 2010, before the season when they added some incentives to his contract. He’s been something of a late bloomer, but a player who fits very well in their scheme under coordinator Jim Schwartz and who is having a career year.

With defensive tackles Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan signed to new contracts, Howie Roseman appears to be shifting to the ends. And in the last couple of seasons, Graham has made himself one of the NFL’s elite at the position. And Jim Schwartz’s Wide-9 scheme has benefitted the 29-year-old.

He has six sacks this year and inching towards his career-high 6.5 sacks set two years ago. He’s also one of the best in quarterback hurries and knockdowns, leading the league in that category last season.

The team gave Graham the chance to earn more money through incentives in the summer, one of which he could achieve today with a sack against Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. He’s scheduled to make $7.5 million next year, the final year of his deal. The Eagles don’t have that much cap space to work with next year, according to Over The Cap.

Team insider Dave Spadaro hinted that the team might extend another player before the end of the season.

Graham will turn 30 in April, so he’s still in the prime of his career. After a slow start, he’s definitely earned a big contract this time around, but how long will his play last? Plus, how will Roseman manage the salary cap with guys such as Alshon Jeffery, Nigel Bradham, Patrick Robinson, and others becoming free agents after this season?

Hopefully we don’t have to ask these questions until February at the earliest.

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