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Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles strike $26M deal

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The Eagles have successfully kept outside linebacker Brandon Graham off the open market.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Graham has signed a four-year deal worth $26 million, according to a source. The contract includes $14 million in guaranteed money. The Eagles later announced they had struck a deal with Graham.

Graham has quietly been Philadelphia's most productive defensive player on a snap-by-snap basis during Chip Kelly's tenure. Over the past three seasons, he is ProFootballFocus.com's highest-rated edge defender per 100 snaps. Colleague Chris Wesseling sung Graham's praises last month, deeming him a top-10 option in free agency.

That said, the Eagles just guaranteed $14 million to a player who played less than 50 percent of his team's defensive snaps last season. It will be interesting to see if Graham takes on a more prominent role now that he's one of the team's highest-paid players.

The Giants, Dolphins and Titans were all reportedly interested in Graham, who turns 27 in April. It's a big signing by the Eagles during a time of considerable turnover for the team.

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