Eagles resign two

Eagles resign two
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The Philadelphia Eagles have re-signed two of their stars, one on offence and one on defence in the last two days. The moves reward two of the older players on the team.

Graham Gets Paid

The team announced on Friday that they had signed 30 year old defensive end, Brandon Graham, to a new deal. Graham, who many pundits expected to leave in free agency, signed a three year deal that Ian Rapoport reports is worth $40 million.

One of the most consistent Eagles, the deal will keep Graham with the Eagles to the end of the 2021 season. Howie Roseman, the Eagles VP of player personnel commented. “Brandon is not only a special player, but a special person. Here’s a guy who’s never had a bad day,”. “He fits us. On and off the field, he’s the kind of player and person you want to invest in. All of us were just talking to him this morning about how excited he was to be back in Philadelphia”.

However, Graham’s start with the Eagles was less than ideal. In 2010, his rookie season, he played in thirteen games, starting just six games before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament that required micofracture surgery. The following year, he began the season on the physically unable to perform list and was not active until November. In the three games he did play he recorded just four tackles.

Prior to the start of the 2012 season Graham commented, “Right now, I’m a bust, so I’m going to deal with that,”. From that point on he’s only missed only one regular-season game.

Often underrated, his sack numbers have never been particularly high (he recorded a career high 9.5 in 2017). However, Graham consistently pressures the quarterback and excels in run support. Perhaps his most memorable play was a strip-sack of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady which helped to seal the Eagles Super Bowl LII win.

Kelce Cashes In

In 2011 the Eagles drafted an undersized but athletic center out of Cincinnati in the sixth round called Jason Kelce. He’s repaid the Eagles with 116 career regular-season and playoff games. He can lay claim to be the NFL’s best center and was ranked as the third best lineman of 2018 by Pro Football Focus.

Dressed in a luminous green Mummers suit, Kelce was one of the most memorable sights from the Eagles Super Bowl parade. On the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, famed for their appearance in Rocky, the Eagles center made an impassioned speech to his teammates and Eagles fans. The speech included the rallying words, “Bottom line is, we wanted it more. All the players. All the coaches. The front office. Jeffrey Lurie. Everybody wanted it more. And that’s why we’re up here today. And that’s why we’re the first team in Eagles history to hold that freaking trophy.”

Kelce, now 31-year-old has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice. On Saturday he was rewarded with a contract extension. The All-Pro center is now under contract through 2021 and will see his average salary rise to $11 million a year, making him the top-paid center in the NFL (based on average annual salary). Kelce is the brother of Chiefs All Pro tight end, Travis Kelce .


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