The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reports that Graham is expected to skip the team’s OTA’s and possibly the mandatory minicamps as well. Meanwhile, Jason La Canfora reports that the rumor is unconfirmed and that Graham is eager for the season to start.
If Graham is really holding out for a new deal, it’s pretty laughable.
Graham is coming off of a season where he managed just 5.5 sacks. Three of which game in the first three games of the season. Two of those games were against the lowly Browns and Bears. In other words, the team’s supposed top pass rusher managed just 2.5 sacks in the final 13 games of the season. That’s a pathetic output.
Graham has also never recorded more than 6.5 sacks in his seven-year career. This isn’t the type of guy that should be in any position to be demanding top-dollar.
Graham is thought of more highly now than he was in the beginning of his career. But realistically he hasn’t been anything more than an adequate starter who can’t reach double-digit sacks and is notorious for disappearing.
If Graham did infact ask the team for more money, their offseason moves at the defensive end position make even more sense. Prioritizing defensive end in the first round through the drafting of Derrick Barnett, and signing veteran Chris Long as insurance could be signs that the team wanted to be sure that they were prepared for Graham’s absence.