Haran Knight wrote an article a few weeks ago about the importance of Brandon Graham being signed before training camp, and I must agree with him.
Graham has the chance to be an opening day starter and I think that’s exactly where the Eagles want him to be. However, if Graham does not sign before the start of Training Camp, he will be putting that opportunity in jeopardy.
Being picked so high, Graham is more than likely waiting to see what kind of contracts players who got drafted near him get, especially players of the same position. The longer these players hold out, the longer it may take to sign Graham.
You’d hate to see a guy like Graham hold out and miss a significant amount of time. He could have a real big impact for this team right out of the gate but won’t be able to do so if he’s not in Training Camp.
Rookie holdouts also give fans a sour taste in their mouth and will just make it tougher for Graham to play at a “respectable” level. People, including myself, are already expecting a lot of out the kid since the Eagles went up to 13 to get him, passing on safety Earl Thomas. If Graham holds out, fans will want even more out of him and will be more critical of his mistakes.
The Eagles have done a good job of getting all their picks signed early and have had substantial time to work on Graham’s contract. Hopefully the two sides come to an agreement before the Eagles report to Lehigh.