Thursday, July 29, 2010
A good sign for the Eagles
By Dan Graziano
The Philadelphia Eagles' first-round pick Brandon Graham had been anxious to join his teammates in training camp, and on Thursday evening, the two sides made that happen. The Eagles and Graham agreed to terms on a five-year contract, according to the club.
With Graham in the fold, the Eagles should have all of their draft picks at their first full-team workout Friday afternoon. The two sides were still finalizing some details late Thursday evening, but there shouldn't be any snags at this point. Wide receiver Blue Cooper was released from the roster to make room for Graham.
Philadelphia became only the seventh team in the league to agree to a contract with its first-round pick. General manager Howie Roseman had been optimistic that something could get done Thursday and he and president Joe Banner made it happen.
"It feels good," said Graham in a statement released by the Eagles. "Because I really wanted to get to training camp and Coach Reid really wanted me to get to camp and now it’s time to show them why they picked me. I have a lot of work to do, but I’m ready to go."
Graham spent part of the offseason studying film of pass-rushers who are close to his size. He particularly enjoyed watching the Broncos' Elvis Dumervil, and he's stolen a few of his moves. Reid desperately wanted to have his first-rounder in camp when all the veterans showed up, so he has to be thrilled with the agreement.