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Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham on trade rumors: 'I want to be here'

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Perhaps the most polarizing of the potential trade candidates on the Eagles roster, former first round pick Brandon Graham has endured a litany of rumors this offseason. However, it seems he focused more on his play than the trading block.

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While there have been rumors about his departure from the Eagles all offseason, outside linebacker Brandon Graham is happy to still be in Philadelphia. The former first round pick has endured everything from trade rumors to intense scrutiny to justifiable player comparisons, but still Graham thinks he has a shot at starting for the Eagles. Graham initially avoided reporter questions on Thursday after practice, but eventually relented and shared his thoughts on his situation.

Here are some interesting tidbits from Graham's session with the media:

The newly-married Graham told reporters that Philadelphia is where he wants to play this season and beyond:

Graham acknowledged that he is at the proper weight for the outside linebacker position in the Eagles 3-4 defense and he has no issue with the team drafting a player at his position in the first round:

Graham believes that all the trade speculation this offseason was just noise:

Chip Kelly even acknowledged a question about Graham at his media session and had a bit of fun with it:

Clearly, this situation is something keep an eye on. With the big news that Marcus Smith is learning the JACK position in OTAs, it could be a sign that the Eagles like Graham as either Trent Cole's backup or his competition at the other outside linebacker position. Graham could still be dealt but his presence on the roster either speaks to the confidence the team has in him this season or his lack of value on the trade market.