By Peter Gleason

Eagles D-lineman Brandon Graham was a vital cog on the Super Bowl championship team.

And as it turned out he was playing last season with a severely injured ankle, which required offseason surgery.

He missed the early games this season, but he has come on strong.

However, Graham’s low sack total so far (3.0) isn’t going to help him in contract negotiations.

He’s 30 years old and on pace to finish with a five-year low in that metric. But sacks don’t always tell the whole story:

The ninth-year vet has quietly been highly disruptive, racking up 46 pressures on the year—10th-most among defensive linemen—to go with six tackles for loss and a pass deflection.

He’s still got time to boost his asking price with a flurry of moneymaking sacks down the stretch (he finished with 9.5 last season), but his potential earnings may have taken a hit this year.

Graham’s agent will have to highlight his ability to disrupt the pocket in order to get his client that big payday.

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