The Philadelphia Eagles were sent packing Monday night following their loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card round. Now the Eagles' entire organization will faec some difficult decisions to ensure this type of finish isn't repeated in 2024.
Those tough choices extend all the way down to the players, who'll evaluate their futures with the team following a rough end to the year. One veteran who could hang his cleats up this offseason is Brandon Graham after 14 successful years in the NFL.
However, it doesn't appear Graham is ready to end his time in Philly just yet.
Graham said the team's end to the 2023 campaign is actually "fueling" his desire to stick around. He told reporters he wants to return for a final farewell tour in 2024, if the Eagles will have him.
This is major news for Philadelphia on the heels of a crushing loss. While this season will leave a bad taste in the mouths of everyone involved, planning for the next campaign is already underway. Knowing Graham would like to return will certainly help with roster-building efforts.
The 2010 first-round pick showed he had something left in the tank during the 2022 season, recording an impressive 11.0 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Unfortunately, with defensive coaching issues plaguing the team this year, Graham saw his production decline to just 3.0 and 4 in each category, respectively.
Graham probably knows, following his 2023 performance, he's not going to command much on the open market. Philadelphia shouldn't be eager to hand out even solid money to an aging veteran just for the sake of one last hurrah.
However, if the former Pro Bowler is open to taking a steep discount (like the veteran minimum) to remain an Eagle, Howie Roseman should take him up on that. Graham's leadership is valuable on its own to the team's young defensive pieces, and he's still able to make a play or two in this latter stage of his career.
Quality depth is something this roster sorely lacked in key areas this season. Re-signing Graham would help in that facet on the defensive line while the young bucks see their roles increased in 2024.
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