B. Graham: Teammates asked for cash

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Adam Caplan

Adam Caplan is our newest NFL reporter/insider at He has spent the past 10 seasons covering the league, specializing in player personnel, injuries and contracts.


One of the least reported stories about the possible NFL player lockout is how the younger players will be able to earn money without football.

Players only get paid their yearly salary during the 17-week regular season.


News from the NFL players' union has many agents running scared, Alex Marvez says.

They won’t receive workout bonuses, sometimes as high as $500,000, if there's a work stoppage until training camps start. Offseason workouts generally start in March and end sometime in June. Roster bonuses that become due won’t be paid until there’s a new collective bargaining agreement.

In no surprise, players have been borrowing money.

According to, Philadelphia Eagles defensive Brandon Graham has been approached by some of his teammates for some cash.

“100K,” said Graham, who just finished his first season in the league, when asked how much is the most players have asked to borrow from him.

“They try not to make it awkward, " he said. "They’ll come to you like they’re joking, but they’re serious. They’re trying to feel you out, to see what you’ll say."


The Raiders' big money signings are making it hard for the owners to cry poor, Alex Marvez says.

Graham has yet to give any teammates money.

“I’ll be like, ‘What are you going to do with it, other than blow it?’ I don’t want to be beefing with guys on my team because they owe me money,” Graham said.

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