Defensive end Brandon Graham is the longest tenured athlete in Philadelphia, entering his 13th season with the Eagles. After spending the 2021 season on the injured reserve list following a ruptured Achilles tendon, Graham is ready to return.
Earlier this week, Graham said on JAKIB Media’s Sports Take Tuesday, “I feel like I’m me again, if not better. I’m OTA ready. I’m going to be doing a lot of the same things with the team. It’s not what we used to do with the team reps and stuff, but it’s going to be more individual. Nothing really that’s gonna tax you too much in the individual drills, but that’s what we like doing.”
Graham continued, “I’m back to normal. It’s about getting my lungs right. This offseason is pretty much the same. I’m off the protocol of just rehabbing every day. It’s just more so training and getting my body right. I feel like I’m me. It’s just about doing it now.”
Graham on his time with the Birds
The Eagles selected Graham in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. During his time in Philadelphia, he has been a presence on and off the field. In 161 games, Graham has completed 416 combined tackles, 59 sacks, 19 forced fumbled, seven fumble recoveries, seven pass deflections, and one defensive touchdown. He is a Super Bowl champion and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2020.
Graham still has two years remaining on his contract and has plan to make it to year 15.
“I wanted to get to 15 (years). I just love this game. I can’t lie. I know I’ll have to deal with it when I have to deal with it. I just want to carry out this year and play two more years after that. I want to get to 15 years, then I’ll really consider it (retirement) then.”
Behind Graham on the Eagles’ depth chart is Cameron Malveaux. Opposite of them is Derek Barnett, who just signed a new two-year contract with the team, Josh Sweat, Tarron Jackson, and Matt Leo.
The Eagles begin their voluntary offseason program next Monday.