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NFL Free Agency: Eagles chances of keeping Brandon Graham are 50-50

Will the Eagles re-sign their former first round pick?

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Apparently Eagles cornerback Cary Williams isn't the only player with a "50-50" chance to return to Philadelphia next season. According to Tim McManus of Birds 24/7, the same odds have been placed on a potential Brandon Graham re-signing.

"Meanwhile, the lines of communication between the team and Brandon Graham remain open, we're told. Back in December, the Eagles expressed interest in bringing Graham back on a four-year, $24 million deal ($6 million average). Graham’s camp is looking for something in the $7-8 million per year range. They are in the process of gauging the market. One source put the chances of Graham re-signing in Philly at 50-50, though others close to the pass-rusher offered significantly longer odds, believing a 4-3 team would ultimately win out."

As McManus notes, the Eagles definitely have some level of interest in bringing Graham back. It's just a matter of cost. And with Graham reportedly seeking $30 million (with $20 million guaranteed) over four years, he may be too pricy for Philadelphia's liking. There's no reason for Graham to settle for less when he has the option to test the market and see what kind of offers he can get.

Losing Graham wouldn't be an insignificant loss. The former first round pick is a valuable pass rusher and also makes strong contributions on special teams. If Philadelphia loses him in free agency, they will be in need of a new starter at 3-4 outside linebacker depending on what happens with Trent Cole. The 32-year-old veteran could be a cap casualty if he doesn't take a pay cut.

The Eagles have approximately $24 million in cap space following the release of James Casey last week. They can afford to keep Graham if they so desire. Only time will tell if they decide to keep Graham or look to sign a different outside linebacker (Jason Worilds?) in free agency.