Eagles outside linebacker and former first-round pick Brandon Graham wants to start for Philadelphia or somewhere else next season, according to CSN Philly's Reuben Frank. Graham was the victim of a scheme change brought on by the hire of head coach Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Billy Davis.
Graham has been considered a bust since being drafted in the first-round of the 2010 NFL Draft. It seems that every time the pass rusher accomplishes success, he suffers a setback. He had a solid rookie season but it was cut short by an ACL tear in Week 14. He then spent the entire 2011 season trying to recover from the injury. He bounced back with a solid end to the 2012 season after starting the last six games. However, Andy Reid was fired shortly after the season and a new regime changed the landscape of the defense.
Philadelphia switched from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 front this season, which caused Graham to learn a new position. With the signing of linebacker Connor Barwin and having former Pro Bowl player Trent Cole already on the roster, Graham was forced into a backup role. He finished with just 19 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble in 16 games at outside linebacker. The Michigan alum only saw the field on 27-percent of the Eagles total defensive snaps.
Graham was not expected to be on the team this season and was considered a possible trade option for the Eagles. Instead, the Eagles kept him around and tried to transform him into a linebacker. With the limited success this season, Philadelphia may look to deal Graham with two years left on his contract. He would most likely be the target of a 4-3 defense that badly needs to fill a starting defensive end spot like the Vikings or Buccaneers. It is unclear what Graham would fetch for the Eagles in return.