This development comes as no surprise. We wrote about this possibility back in late January:
REVIEW: Brandon Lee Graham (the better BLG) was one of the very few bright spots from a lost season. Originally on pace to have a career year with seven sacks through his first eight games, it looked like Graham was finally going to hit his stated goal of notching double-digit sacks. Unfortunately, he only posted one more sack in his final eight games, but that didn’t prevent the 2010 first-round pick from earning his first career Pro Bowl berth. The achievement only helped to further cement his status as an all-time Eagle.
OUTLOOK: In an ideal world, the Eagles would trade Graham to a team that’s in more of a ‘win-now’ mode to do right by him, clear some cap space, and get an asset in return. But cutting or trading Graham only opens up $716,000 compared to over $17.2 million in dead money. So, BLG isn’t going anywhere. On the contrary, the Eagles might actually look to extend his contract or restructure his deal in order to lower the $17.9 million cap hit he’s carrying in 2021. Graham probably has some good seasons left in him. He’s coming off a year where he finished 18th out of 121 edge rushers in Pro Football Focus’s pass rush productivity stat. Even with the team looking to get younger, he’s a good veteran presence to have in the locker room.
And then again more recently:
Graham seems like one of the least painful restructures the Eagles could make. The Eagles can clear about $8.9 million by reworking his contract, according to Over The Cap.
The Eagles are currently $43 million over the cap. They’ll need to get UNDER the cap before the 2021 league year begins at 4:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, March 17. Graham figures to be just one of multiple players they’ll restructure before that deadline.