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Brandon Graham will go down as one of the greatest players in the Philadelphia Eagles’ history.
He’s known for that iconic strip sack on Tom Brady that helped seal the team’s win in Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots, not to mention one of the longest-tenured players to ever wear that jersey.
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That’s why fans were so thrilled to know that he’s declining to become a free agent to sign a one-year deal with the Eagles and come back for his 15th NFL season.
Massive resigning for the Eagles. Brandon Graham, 35, had the first 10-sack season of his career last year.
His 22.9% pass-rush win rate ranked 6th among Edge defenders, and his 17.1% pressure percentage came in at 7th.
2022 stats: 11.0 sacks, 35 tackles, two forced fumbles
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Super Bowl window looking bright and long going ahead
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Love to see when the Vet is appreciated
— SacXports (@SacXports) March 10, 2023
Super Bowl champions this year
— Tim (@Tubil_) March 10, 2023
Is howie finally cooking
— billy (@billmartin187) March 10, 2023
EAGLES ARE SAVED
— Nick #FireDocRivers (@PotatoCam69) March 10, 2023
Graham was expected to fetch a lot of interest in free agency, with the Cleveland Browns reportedly making him a priority.
Instead, he decided to sign a one-year deal worth roughly $6 million, a major bargain for a guy with his production.
Despite being 34 years old already, Graham was a dominant force for the Eagles’ impressive defense last season, helping them make it to the Super Bowl again.
He’s eleven games away from becoming the team’s leader in most regular-season games played, and he’s currently fourth in sacks all-time for them.
The Eagles could sure use some continuity on the defensive side of the field right now, as they could lose James Bradberry, CJ Gardner-Johnson, and Darius Slay in the next couple of days, not to mention they already lost Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon.
This team is expected to continue being a powerhouse out of the NFC East, so they’ll need their defense to stay as good as it was this season if they want to go back to the biggest stage in football.
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