Jason Kelce

Eagles, C Jason Kelce Agree To New Deal

Jason Kelce announced on Monday that he will suit up for the Eagles in 2023. A new contract is now in place to ensure that he will remain the league’s highest-paid player at his position.

A team announcement confirmed that the 35-year-old is on the books for 2023 at a different figure than what he was set for while he was mulling retirement. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets that the one-year pact has a value of $14.25MM, and can reach $14.75MM with incentives. That represents a slight pay increase from what he received last season.

The future Hall of Famer’s playing future was in doubt leading up to the Eagles’ Super Bowl loss, but his high level of play continuing through 2022 suggests that he will be able to remain the anchor of the team’s offensive line for at least one more campaign. It thus comes as little surprise that the NFC champions moved quickly to get a new contract in place with him.

Kelce’s cap number could be manipulated with the usage of void years, something which the team has used in recent years in particular. That will help the Eagles in their bid to keep as many core players from the 2022 season as possible, something which so far has seen multiple significant departures. Philadelphia’s offensive line figures to once again be a strength of the team in 2023, however, especially with Kelce in place for a 13th Eagles season.

The five-time All-Pro helped the Eagles rank top-10 in both passing and rushing offense in 2022, as their balance and efficiency on that side of the ball was on full display throughout the season. Kelce earned a PFF grade above 80 for the seventh time last season, so a repeat of that performance will go a long way in ensuring the Eagles remain competitive after likely losing several more key players in the near future.

Eagles C Jason Kelce To Play In 2023

The Eagles are expected to lose a number of key players in the coming free agent period, but a mainstay of their offense will remain in place. Center Jason Kelce announced (on Twitter) that he will play in 2023.

“I have put much thought into whether it makes sense to play another season,” he said. “After talking it over with my wife and many other friends and family, I have decided to return for another year. Thank you to all my supporters and detractors for fueling me.”

The 35-year-old was said to be mulling retirement ahead of the Eagles’ Super Bowl loss. His remarks prior to the game suggested that he would still have a desire to continue his career regardless of the outcome of that game, though, so today’s announcement comes as little surprise. He will extend his Eagles career to at least 13 seasons.

Kelce has been a model of durability during his NFL tenure, missing significant time only in his second season. His high standard of play has also been seen throughout his career, including well into his 30s. The former sixth-rounder earned his sixth career Pro Bowl nod in 2022 (his fourth straight), as well first-team All-Pro honors for the fifth season (and second in a row).

Being able to keep Kelce, who has one year remaining on his contract at a cap hit of just over $9MM, will be a welcomed development for the Eagles. The team’s o-line played a crucial role in their success on offense, and the veteran pivot was at the heart of their production. The news also comes on a day when the expected exodus of Eagles starters has begun, including defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and linebacker T.J. Edwards.

Kelce will remain in place at the center position, leaving 2021 draftee Cam Jurgens likely to slot in at left guard in 2023. The latter is seen as Kelce’s successor, but the time for him to take the C spot will not arrive for at least one more year.

NFL Restructures: Saints, Corbett, Grant, Eagles

The Saints restructured two contracts yesterday in an effort towards salary cap compliance, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Both linebacker Demario Davis and tight end Taysom Hill have agreed to the new arrangements to lower their cap hit next season.

Davis is under contract through the 2025 season, Hill through 2026. Davis had another stellar season for the Saints in 2022. Since joining the team in 2018, he’s missed one game and been a first- or second-team All-Pro in every season but his first in New Orleans. The team converted $7.09MM of base salary for the 34-year-old’s 2023 season into a signing bonus, clearing $5.67MM in cap space off of his contract. He now holds a cap hit next year of $7.61MM with a base salary of $1.17MM.

Hill had another productive year as a Swiss-army weapon for New Orleans. The quarterback/tight end continued to show a much larger impact rushing than receiving but steeply declined in his passing numbers this year. The team converted $8.82MM of base salary for the 32-year-old’s 2023 season into a signing bonus, clearing $7.06MM in cap space off of his contract. He now holds a cap hit next year of $6.87MM with a base salary of $1.08MM.

The team still has several avenues it can explore to create cap space. Defensive end Cameron Jordan ($25.7MM), cornerback Marshon Lattimore ($22.4MM), guard Andrus Peat ($18.3MM), running back Alvin Kamara ($16MM), and quarterback Jameis Winston ($15.6MM) all hold cap hits over $15MM that could likely be restructured.

Here are few other recent moves as teams strive towards cap compliance:

  • After signing a three-year, $26.25MM contract a year ago, guard Austin Corbett has agreed to a restructured deal with the Panthers, according to Panthers staff writer Darin Gantt. Corbett contributed to a much-improved offensive line this season, starting all 17 games before suffering a torn ACL in the team’s last game of the year. The 28-year-old is working towards a return spending every day at the facility in recovery. Yates of ESPN reports that the team converted $7.72MM, consisting of his base salary and a $1MM roster bonus, into a signing bonus, freeing up $5.79MM in cap space. Corbert now holds a 2023 salary of $1.08MM and a cap hit of $5.16MM.
  • Yates’s above report on Corbett also mentioned the Browns recent restructuring of wide receiver and return-specialist Jakeem Grant. Grant missed the 2022 season with a torn Achilles tendon after signing a three-year, $10MM contract in the offseason. The renegotiated deal for Grant reportedly reduces his cap hit by $1.77MM.
  • Eagles center Jason Kelce is currently headed towards free agency or, potentially, retirement. Still, since Philadelphia has a habit of building voidable years into contracts in an effort to lessen the salary cap burden of deals, the team found it necessary to decrease that financial burden that Kelce’s expiring contract has on their future. According to yet another report by Yates, the Eagles paid Kelce a $3MM bonus yesterday, consisting of his $2.75MM 2023 roster bonus and $250,000 2023 offseason bonus, to reduce his 2023 cap hit. The move reportedly cleared up around $2.4MM of cap space for Philadelphia next season.

Eagles C Jason Kelce To Consider Retirement

Eagles center Jason Kelce has mulled retirement in each of the last several offseasons. As such, it will not come as much of a surprise to learn that the 35-year-old will again consider hanging up the cleats in the coming weeks, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Of course, Kelce will assume his familiar role as Philadelphia’s starting center in Super Bowl LVII today. Kelce — whose brother, Travis Kelce, will suit up for the opposing Chiefs — will be seeking his second championship ring, though he does not believe the outcome of the game will influence his decision.

“From everything I’ve been told about when you know it’s time to retire or not, you just know when you know, and it’s going to be when you don’t want to play football anymore,” he said. “And I don’t think that winning this game is going to determine whether I want to continue playing football or not.”

Indeed, after today’s contest, Jason Kelce will have at least one championship on his resume, and he has enjoyed a long and remarkably durable career in which he has established himself as one of the best pivots of his generation. And despite his age and the fact that he has been contemplating retirement for some time, there is no question that the Eagles would want him back.

Kelce, who added his sixth Pro Bowl nod and fifth First Team All-Pro bid to his career accomplishments in 2022, continues to play at a high level. Pro Football Focus did not charge him with a single sack and assigned him a stellar 88.9 overall grade for his efforts this season, the second-best mark among all qualified centers and just one point behind his Super Bowl LVII counterpart, Creed Humphrey. He was also the anchor of a line that helped the Eagles to a tremendous season in which they finished third in the league in both total offense and points per game.

Obviously, Philadelphia wants to have some clarity on Kelce’s plans before the start of the league year on March 15, and Schefter says Kelce does plan to make a decision by then. He joins DT Fletcher Cox, DE Brandon Graham, and RT Lane Johnson as Eagles stalwarts facing uncertain futures with the team, though we recently heard that if any or all of those players want to return in 2023, the club will find a way to make it happen.

If Kelce chooses to walk away, 2022 second-rounder Cam Jurgens is in line to take his place.

Eagles Rumors: Dickerson, Berry, Free Agents

In a pileup during the Eagles’ NFC Championship win over the 49ers, guard Landon Dickerson suffered a hyperextension of his right elbow in the fourth quarter and was forced to leave the game. After an MRI of the injury came back negative for any serious damage, it is expected that Dickerson will be able play in the Super Bowl next Sunday, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dickerson will likely need to wear a brace on the injured elbow through practices and probably in the big game, as well. The Eagles subbed in former first-round pick Andre Dillard when Dickerson was forced to exit last week. Dillard will presumably be prepared once again, in the event that Dickerson aggravates the injury any time before the final whistle of the season.

Here are a few more rumors concerning the NFC’s Super Bowl representatives:

  • Philadelphia is expecting to make an addition to their front office after the season, according to The Athletic’s Zach Berman. Following the 2023 NFL Draft, Adam Berry is expected to be joining the team, working with the personnel and operations departments. Berry, the twin brother of Browns general manager and executive vice president of football operations Andrew Berry, is a managing director at Goldman Sachs who will be making the leap to the NFL. His brother, Andrew, has been with the Browns for six of the past seven years with a one-year stint in Philadelphia as the vice president of football operations. Berry will join his brother’s former franchise and “will be learning all facets of…football operations.”
  • Win or lose, after this weekend the Eagles will have to turn towards next season, where there’s a chance the team will look vastly different than it currently does. Starters such as defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, defensive end Brandon Graham, and center Jason Kelce all are currently destined for free agency in the offseason, and veteran right tackle Lane Johnson could be mulling the decision to hang up his cleats. McLane seemed to imply in his recent report that the likeliest scenario in which these four aren’t Eagles next season would be if they all retire. He seems to believe that, if they all desire to return to Philadelphia, the team will make it happen.

Jason Kelce To Undergo Elbow Surgery

Jason Kelce took a bit of time this offseason before deciding he wanted to continue his career. The Eagles have their All-Pro center back in place, but they will be without him for the time being.

The veteran snapper is undergoing elbow surgery, Tim McManus of ESPN.com tweets. While a surgery occurring this close to the regular season would seem to put Kelce’s Week 1 availability in jeopardy, McManus adds (via Twitter) it is realistic the 12th-year blocker will be ready for the Eagles’ opener. That said, Kelce is currently without a timetable. This surgery happened Tuesday, McManus tweets.

This being described as a routine cleanup-type procedure should be good news for Eagles fans, as should Kelce’s run of availability. The likely Hall of Fame candidate has not missed a game since the 2014 season. This ironman streak may encounter some turbulence ahead of the season, however.

Kelce, 34, obviously served as a critical cog in the Eagles’ 2021 turnaround, a stretch in which the team pivoted to a run-oriented attack and mounted a playoff push. The Eagles led the NFL in rushing in Nick Sirianni‘s first season. They did this without guards Isaac Seumalo or Brandon Brooks being healthy. Lane Johnson also missed four games in 2021, with Jordan Mailata being sidelined for three. Kelce’s durability over the years has certainly helped an otherwise injury-prone Eagles O-line. Kelce has been the NFL’s first-team All-Pro center in four of the past five seasons.

Big on O-line fortification, draft-wise, the Eagles continued to prepare for Kelce’s eventual departure this year. The team drafted Cam Jurgens in Round 2. While 2021 second-round pick Landon Dickerson ended his college career as the center on Alabama’s latest national championship squad, he has become a starting guard in Philly. Jurgens is on an early track to be Kelce’s successor. The team’s current second-string center will be in line for a few weeks’ worth of additional work ahead of what could be Kelce’s final season.

Eagles, Jason Kelce Agree To New Deal

Jason Kelce is staying put. On Friday, the two sides agreed to a revamped contract that effectively comes out to one more year at $14MM, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter). 

The deal positions Kelce as the league’s highest-paid center, fitting for a player who has been one of the best at his position for many years. In 2021, Kelce graded out as the No. 3 ranked center in the league, per Pro Football Focus, behind only Chiefs rookie Creed Humphrey and Chargers veteran Corey Linsley.

On Thursday, the 34-year-old announced his intentions to continue playing. After that, it was just a matter of getting his contract squared away. Kelce’s old deal had him tied through 2022 at a $10.6MM cap figure, plus several void years. The void years may still be in place, but Kelce now has a pay bump to put him atop the position. Those dummy years are the product of last year’s restructuring, one that spread out his $9MM in guarantees to accommodate the Birds.

Kelce flirted with retirement — both last year and this year — but ultimately decided to kick the can down the road. Now, he’ll work to build on his latest work, a season that ended with his fourth career First-Team All-Pro selection. Or, as he put it this week, Kelce is “looking forward to another year” so he can “dominate” with the rest of the locker room.

Eagles’ Jason Kelce To Return In 2022

Jason Kelce put a stop to retirement rumors Thursday. The decorated Eagles center will return for the 2022 season, he announced (via Twitter).

The 11-year veteran suggested after the 2021 season it might have been his last, but the Eagles will have their longtime snapper on the field again next season. Kelce, 34, has not missed a game since the 2014 season.

While the Eagles have naturally seen many Super Bowl LII starters depart, the team still has Kelce and Lane Johnson anchoring their offensive line. Since that 2017 season, Kelce has added a run of honors despite turning 30 that year. Kelce is now a four-time first-team All-Pro, with his latest such honor coming last season. His four All-Pros lead the way among centers in the 21st century, with no other center whose career began after 2000 earning more than two such nods.

The Cincinnati product has added five Pro Bowls and played a central role in the Eagles leading the NFL in rushing last season. They became the first team since the 1985 Bears to rush for at least 175 yards in seven straight games, doing so after committing to the ground game in Week 7.

Kelce’s contract runs through the 2022 season, though several void years are present due to restructuring. He is on Philadelphia’s books at $10.6MM next season. The Eagles have Johnson and left tackle Jordan Mailata under contract through 2025.

NFC East Rumors: Cowboys, McClay, Minshew, Eagles

Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones participated in an interview with a local Dallas radio station on Friday in which he aired out some of his frustrations with the team’s 2021 season. He vocalized some frustrations about one of the team’s top cap hits, wide receiver Amari Cooper, not playing up to his contract. Charean Williams of NBC Sports wrote a bit about how Jones’s views could affect Cooper’s future with the team.

Jones voiced some problems he’s had with how and when the coaching staff decides to deal with issues plaguing the team, frustrated that these issues aren’t normally addressed until the season is over. While the ESPN article by Todd Archer held some harsh words from Jones, it doesn’t appear at this point that head coach Mike McCarthy‘s job is in jeopardy this offseason.

Here are a few more notes on the NFC East, starting with another item out of the Lone Star state:

  • Cowboys’ vice president of player personnel Will McClay reached an agreement with the team, signing a three-year contract extension to remain with the Cowboys earlier this month. Those who follow the franchise know McClay plays a large part in the Dallas front office. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report it on Twitter, ending speculation that the longtime-Cowboy staffer may pursue one of the open general manager positions.
  • After the Eagles’ Week 18 loss in a meaningless game against the Cowboys, quarterback Gardner Minshew, who started the game as Philadelphia wanted to rest an ailing Hurts, gave an interview in which he detailed a meeting from earlier in the season that he had with head coach Nick Siranni. After leading the Eagles to a win over the Jets in Week 13, Minshew questioned Sirianni on what it would take to beat out Hurts for the starting job permanently. Mike Kaye, of NJ.com, reveals how Minshew gained some insight on his position with the team, as well as some perspective from being on the team to begin with.
  • Following the Eagles’ playoff loss in Tampa Bay, 11-year veteran and four-time first-team All-Pro Jason Kelce suggested that this past NFL season may be his last. As a guest on a Philadelphia sports-radio show Thursday, Sirianni gave a peek inside his own negotiations to keep Kelce active. “I sent him two kegs of beer yesterday,” Sirianni revealed. “As long as he wants to go, we want him to go. And I’ll be trying to convince him every single day that I can to come back and play.” In an NBC Sports article, Dan Roche detailed the rest of a very complimentary conversation with the Eagles’ head coach.

NFL COVID-19 List Updates: 1/3/22

Here are Monday’s activations from and placements on the reserve/COVID-19 lists:

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: OT Mike Remmers (remains on IR)

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: RB Raymond Calais (remains on IR)

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Washington Football Team