By Lewis Gould
The world of the Eagles is nothing if not a thrill show.
The Eagles announced Monday that they have reached a four-year contract with Brandon Graham, making him the second player among their own free agents that they have signed this offseason.
It is a four-year, $26 million deal with $14 million guaranteed. The deal has an average of $6.5 million per season.
In addition to Graham, the team also re-signed quarterback Mark Sanchez
Graham likely steps back onto the team as the starter at outside linebacker opposite Connor Barwin.
The five-year veteran finished last season with 5.5 sacks and 47 tackles, but did so as the backup to starting outside linebacker Trent Cole. Graham has never been a full-time starter on the Eagles despite being a first-round pick back in 2010.
Graham has been up-and-down since joining the Eagles as a rookie. He has 17 career sacks, but has consistently gotten after the quarterback. His 39 quarterback hurries with most on the Eagles last season. Defensive coordinator Billy Davis has made it clear that he values moving the quarterback off of his spot as much as he does a sack. Graham has shown the ability to do that.