Much of the trade buzz last week surrounded Dion Jordan and the Miami Dolphins’ apparent interest in parting ways with the 2013 first-rounder, but another interesting tidbit seemed to go unnoticed.
Apparently, the Philadelphia Eagles offered a second-round pick and outside linebacker Brandon Graham to the Dolphins for Jordan, which signifies that Graham, a 2010 first-round pick, has fallen out of favor in the City of Brotherly Love.
While Graham hasn’t exactly struggled as of late for the Eagles, he might not be the pass-rushing extraordinaire that head coach Chip Kelly is looking for in his 3-4 defense. Last season, Graham graded out positively according to Pro Football Focus, but made an underwhelming impact as a pass rusher. He racked up only three sacks and 17 hurries in a reserve role, which isn’t the type of production the Eagles were expecting from him when they made him the 13th overall pick four years ago.
The other factor likely playing into the Eagles’ eagerness to unload Graham is the fact that he’s set to be a free agent in 2015. Unless the team finds a trade partner before the 2014 deadline, they’ll get nothing in return for the former first-rounder.
In the right situation, Graham has the talent to be a highly-productive 4-3 defensive end. He seemed out of his element after the Eagles switched to the 3-4 in 2013, which forced him to stand up instead of putting his hand in the dirt. If he could return to his natural defensive end position, Graham might be able to take advantage of his physical abilities.
We’ll see if any suitors surface for Graham, who still offers plenty of intrigue as an NFL-caliber defensive end.