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Doug Pederson: 'Not Worried at All' About Brandon Graham



    Doug Pederson: 'Not Worried at All' About Brandon Graham
    Doug Pederson: 'Not worried at all' about Brandon Graham

    At the start of the Eagles' rookie minicamp Friday morning, one of the biggest topics of conversation was about one of the team's longest-tenured players.

    Earlier in the week, a Philadelphia Inquirer report said Graham, unhappy with his contract, was expected to stay away from team OTAs later this month. A source told, however, that there was "no contract dispute" with Graham.

    "Not worried about him at all," head coach Doug Pederson said Friday.

    Just like vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said Thursday, Pederson made sure to stress that the Eagles are still in the voluntary portion of their offseason. The OTAs are voluntary too. The first mandatory camps for the Eagles don't come until June 12-15.

    Pederson said he and Graham have a great relationship and said Graham is valuable to the team.

    Graham, 29, is coming off a career year in 2016 and is set to make $6.5 million in 2017 and 2018. But the Eagles handed out a big contract to underperforming Vinny Curry last season and drafted Derek Barnett in the first round this year.  

    "[Graham] and I have had a conversation as I do with a lot of the players," Pederson said. "Again, the expectation is, would I like him here? Yeah. Voluntary, I got it. That's the hardest part as a coach when you're working on that type of schedule. It's hard. At the same time, he's a guy who is a veteran player, understands his role, understands his assignment and expect big things from him this season."