1:48pm: Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com tweets to “beware reports” that suggest the Eagles are still in play for Graham, hinting that the free-agent-to-be is unlikely to return to Philadelphia. That doesn’t necessarily mean Graham will end up in New York — with 24+ more hours until free agency begins, another suitor could make a play, and Mosher doesn’t entirely rule out Philadelphia as an option. But I’d probably give the Giants better odds than the Eagles at this point.
For what it’s worth, Russini doubled down on her report that Graham will eventually decide between the Giants and Eagles (Twitter link).
1:30pm: Brandon Graham has multiple offers and the linebacker appears to be deciding between the Eagles and Giants, according to Dianna Marie Russini of NBC4 (via Twitter). Earlier today we heard that Graham was leaning towards the Dolphins and Titans, but it seems the tide has turned for the Eagles free agent.
Graham, 27 in April, recorded 5.5 sacks and 46 total tackles in 2014. The former first-round choice has moved around a bit in the front seven over the years, having seen time at defensive tackle, defensive end, and outside linebacker. Last season, he played the bulk of his snaps at outside linebacker and enjoyed his best season to date. The advanced metrics at Pro Football Focus (subscription required) placed him as the third best OLB in a 3-4 set last season.
Recently, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer speculated that Graham could net a deal north of $40MM in total value and $20MM in guarantees. It was said earlier this month that talks between the Eagles and Graham weren’t going so well, but it appears that Philly has gained some ground. Now, it remains to be seen whether he’ll stay put in Philly or join up with their NFC East rivals.