Bucs RB Graham agrees to 3-year, $10.5M extension

Updated: June 29, 2008, 10:34 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Earnest Graham

Graham

Earnest Graham had to miss some of the offseason program to get the attention of Tampa Bay management. On Sunday, he found out what the Bucs think of him.

Graham agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million extension that will keep him in Tampa through the 2011 season. The 28-year-old Graham was considered too valuable in the long-term plans of the team.

Cadillac Williams may have to start the season on the physically unable to perform list because of his knee injury. If that happens, Graham and Warrick Dunn will have to handle the running attack.

Graham rushed for 898 yards on 222 carries last season. It was his career best. He also caught 49 passes for 324 yards. Now he doesn't have to worry about his job security. He's found his home.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer