Philadelphia was dealt some tough news earlier this week when reports surfaced outside linebacker Trent Cole suffered a broken hand in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. The injury to Cole will allow 2010 first-round pick Brandon Graham to step up and start in his place.
Graham is in the final year of a five-year, $16.908 million rookie contract and in the midst of his most productive season to date. The 26-year-old has set a new career-high with four forced fumbles and tied a career-high with 5.5 tackles through 14 games despite playing behind Cole in the “predator” spot on defense.
CSN Philly’s Geoff Mosher reports the Eagles have approached Graham looking to re-sign the outside linebacker to a four-year deal but the sides still remain far apart. The report of contract negotiations comes just hours after Birds 24/7’s Tim McManus reported on Graham’s desire to start for the Eagles next year.
"My goal is to be the best I can and hopefully next year be starting.”
Be starting here.
Or just be starting?
“Be starting here. I want to be here. I do. Because when I hear stories of where people came from, I’ll be like, ‘Man, we have it good here.’ And I’m not really trying to leave nothing good.
“I do have to think about what fits me – I mean, I believe this system does – but I just want them to believe that I can be the guy. That’s the biggest thing.We all have to be on the same page.”
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