Eagles Want Fifth-Round Pick For Kendricks

Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks has reportedly been on the trade block dating back to the 2015 draft, but Philadelphia is now actively shopping him, and is looking for at least a fifth-round pick in exchange, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.Mychal Kendricks (vertical)

A Kendricks deal won’t save the Eagles all that much in cap space (just $1.8MM), but Philadelphia currently possesses the least amount of cap room in the league with fewer than $4MM in reserves. If the club is planing another signing during the free agent period, it could use the extra breathing room. The Eagles were also trying to deal linebacker Connor Barwin before ultimately releasing him, and are still attempting to unload center Jason Kelce, although they won’t do so simply to clear cap space.

Any team that acquires Kendricks will be on the hook for his 2017 $4.85MM base salary, $4.35MM of which became fully guaranteed this week. Kendricks, 26, is signed through the 2019 campaign thanks to an extension in August 2015. An acquiring club would take on cap charges of $5MM, $6MM, and $7MM in the next three seasons, respectively.

A full-time starter during his first four seasons with the Eagles, Kendricks was largely relegated to a reserve role in 2016, as he played on only a quarter of Philadelphia’s defensive snaps. In that span, he racked up 28 tackles and fumble recovery, and earned positive marks for his run defense and pass rushing ability from Pro Football Focus. Kendricks’ coverage grade of 47.7, however, was lacking.

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16 comments on “Eagles Want Fifth-Round Pick For Kendricks

  1. Brad Connelly

    For just under five mil keep the guy!!! Situational run stopper/edge rusher/special teams. I don’t get it. Yes his coverage is awful. But run him outside on stunt with graham or curry or rush right up the middle behind cox. He has the speed and the skills and still isn’t that old. With the C+ linebackers on this squad already, I don’t see subtraction helping any.

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    • Reggie Green

      Hicks and Bradham are both better than c+ linebacker,and we run alot of nickel package.right now i dont see any reason to rush to get rid of him,but if we add any more players,a couple cords are gonna have to be cut.a lb making 5mil and playing 20% of the snaps is expandable.

      If we can get a pick for him,we should.but he’s a post june 1 cut if we cant get anything for him.

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      • Reggie Green

        Him and Kelce are the same to me.we could trade them,net a couple picks and save 5.6 mil.or we can cut them post june 1 and save 10.would you rather keep them,or keep/replace Bennie Logan?

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      • Brad Connelly

        I’m with you not to pay for a 20% player, but I’m saying he should be more than 20%. He’s going to be post June 1st because everyone knows we don’t want him. Which is fine so we can grab someone cut after the roster cuts during the preseason. I just wish we could have one really good linebacker. Then I’d feel better.

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        • reggie green

          Jordan Hicks is a really good linebacker,and Bradham isnt to far behind him.

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  2. nickmontgomery10

    Patriots will trade that pick there about to lose.

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    • Connorsoxfan

      No because then they lose a different 4th round pick instead. I think I read somewhere they are required to keep a pick in the round.

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    • Connorsoxfan

      So they technically have 2 4th rounders, and they lose the best. So they could trade 1, but they would have 0 fourth rounders left.

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      • BravesBoi

        Yeah, we would just lose our highest 4th round pick if we have multiple picks but we have to keep at least one 4th rounder so that there is a pick for us to lose.

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  3. Trey612

    The Saints need to trade for him because that is a good linebacker.

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    • Reggie Green

      I looked at New Orleans as a fit.but do yous run a 3-4 or 4-3…just like Barwin,he’s a better fit in 3-4

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    • TehGentleman

      Honestly, I think he’s a very talented linebacker stuck in a system that’s hurting him. He could be a very good fit for Green Bay or the Colts since they’re both actively looking for 3-4 LBs.

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  4. Polish Hammer

    He does have value, but just like with Connor Barwin everyone knows you have a guy that doesn’t fit your system and has a contract you want to get out from as much as possible. They’ll end up releasing this guy too and he’ll go on to have success elsewhere.

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