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EAGLES: Graham Agrees on Contract; News and Notes

No more stress over the Eagles top draft pick. Brandon Graham agreed to a five year deal with Philadelphia late on Thursday night. The amount of money is still being worked out.

Graham is expected to battle Juqua Parker for the left defensive end spot

Graham missed the first few days of training camp, but there is not a lot of worry about him missing anything. The first few days were non-contact and in no pads so the only thing he needs to catch up on is the playbook.

When asked about missing the rookie training camp, he said, “I wasn’t really worried about it, but it took a lot of pressure off me because a lot of people weren’t signed. I just wanted to get here because I wanted to show coach [Andy] Reid and all those guys, Mr. [Joe] Banner and Mr. [Jeffrey] Lurie, that they didn’t waste a pick.”

It is not unusual that Graham held out this long. If anything, it’s actually a good sign that he signed so fast. To put things in perspective, Eagles first round draft pick from 2009, Jeremy Maclin, didn’t agree on a contract until 10 days into training camp. Usually all of the first-rounders wait for each other to get contracts so they can compare contracts, but Graham decided to beat the rush and be a leader rather than a follower (he was the seventh first-rounder to agree to a deal).

Coming into camp, Brandon Graham is physically different than when the Eagles selected him 13th overall in April. At the time of the draft he was listed as 6-foot-2, 268 pounds, but since then he has put on over 10 pounds. According to Graham, he is trying to end the talks of him being an undersized defensive end. That weight will only help him to compete with Juqua Parker for the starting defensive end position.

Other Notes from Training Camp:

-Veterans have finally reported to camp. Today (Saturday) is the first day of contact drills during training camp

-Goodbye Joe Mays- The Eagles traded former sixth-round draft pick Joe Mays to the Denver Broncos for running back J.J. Arrington. Mays has failed to make an impact at linebacker and with the additions from the 2010 draft, the Eagles felt he couldn’t compete much anymore. Arrington, the former Arizona Cardinal, missed all of last season after having microfracture surgery on his knee. Before last season, he was a dominant pass-catching running back under Kurt Warner. There are a lot of concerns that he won’t be the same running back after his surgery and if he does not make the Eagles roster, Philadelphia will get a sixth-round draft pick instead.

-Cowboys first-round draft pick Dez Bryant will miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain on Friday. This is great news to Eagles fans considering the hype that Bryant has received since training camp started this past week.

-For the second day, Washington defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth failed the Redskins conditioning test. Until he passes the test, he will not be permitted to participate in practice with his teammates. Talk about one of the worst acquisitions in recent years.

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