Eagles, Graham have yet to start negotiations

Posted July 21, 2010 @ 11:23 a.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The Eagles and first-round DE Brandon Graham have yet to begin contract negotiations, a source close to the situation told PFW late Tuesday night.

Graham and second-rounder Nate Allen, who is the favorite to start at free safety, are the Eagles' only unsigned draft picks. The Eagles had 12 draft picks this year.

Although Graham might not start right away, he's expected to be used heavily in the team's DL rotation.

The source did not have a forecast as to whether Graham might miss any time at training camp. Eagles rookies are slated to report to camp on July 26, with veterans arriving July 29.

Twenty of the 32 first-round picks last season — including Eagles 2009 first-rounder Jeremy Maclin — missed at least one training-camp session before signing their deals.

Michael Crabtree, the 10th pick in the '09 draft, was the final pick to sign last year. He came to a deal last Oct. 8, limiting him to 11 games.

Graham is not expected to miss significant time. The Eagles seldom have extended holdouts, and Graham's agent, Joel Segal, has a reputation for getting his clients signed in time.

Although Segal represented '09 first-rounder Aaron Maybin, who missed all of the Bills' camp last season, that had as much to do with the Crabtree stalemate. Maybin was selected one pick after Crabtree last season.

Zero first-round picks have signed thus far this year. At this point last year, two first-rounders had agreed to deals.


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