Jason Kelce

Eagles’ Jason Kelce Confirms Retirement

In the wake of the Eagles’ wild-card loss, it was reported center Jason Kelce informed his teammates of his intention to retire. The future Hall of Famer confirmed that decision in a press conference on Monday.

Kelce’s future remained uncertain until Monday, as he declined to make a formal announcement. He spoke about a desire to remain with the Eagles in some capacity, while also looking into a potential transition to the broadcast booth. The 36-year-old has done extensive homework with multiple networks, and there will no doubt be a considerable market for his services in his post-playing days.

A sixth-round pick in 2011, Kelce was a full-time starter in his rookie season and he maintained his place atop the depth chart throughout his storied career. He was forced to miss considerable time only once in his 13-year tenure, and he was able to suit up for every game from 2015 onwards. Across that span, Kelce cemented his status as one of the best O-lineman (at any position) of his generation.

The Cincinnati alum earned at least a Pro Bowl invitation or a first-team All-Pro nod every year from 2016 through his final campaign. The waning years of his career proved Kelce was still capable of playing at an elite level while remaining an integral part of the Eagles’ offensive front. Instead of pursuing a 14th campaign and the chance at a third Super Bowl appearance (and second championship), though, he will hang up his cleats and turn his attention elsewhere.

Kelce ranks second on the franchise’s all-time games played list with 193, just behind fellow ‘Core Four’ member Brandon Graham. The latter’s future is in question, although he and right tackle Lane Johnson have stated a desire to play in 2024. The final member of the illustrious quartet – defensive tackle Fletcher Cox – is believed to be leaning toward hanging up his cleats at some point this offseason. Regardless of what happens with the other Philadelphia mainstays, Kelce’s absence will be acutely felt.

Over each of the past three years, he and the Eagles have worked out one-year contracts knowing a retirement decision would looming in relatively short order. Kelce’s latest pact is set up so he can remain on the team’s roster beyond June 1 before being placed on the retirement list. Once that procedural move takes place, Philadelphia will begin a new era under center. Cam Jurgens – who was drafted in 2022 as Kelce’s successor and played at right guard in 2023 – could move to center with the sizable challenge of replacing a franchise icon.

“It has always been a goal of mine to play my whole career in one city,” Kelce said during his press conference, via ESPN’s Tim McManus“I couldn’t have dreamt a better one if I tried.”

Kelce will walk away from the game with more than $85MM in career earnings. His next endeavor will be worth following closely, especially if he elects to try his hand at broadcasting in 2024 or down the road. In any event, a spot in Canton no doubt awaits him with his playing career now in the books.

Jason Kelce Exploring Media Opportunities

It is presently unclear whether Jason Kelce will return to the Eagles for another season. In the wake of the team’s playoff loss in January, we heard that Kelce would call it a career, but several weeks later, the future Hall of Famer himself suggested he was still undecided on his future.

I don’t know what’s going to happen for me,” Kelce said. “But I do know I still want to be involved in the organization and still want to be a part of it, regardless of what the decision is.”

Now 36, the six-time First Team All-Pro center is at least exploring his post-playing career, as Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports details. Per McCarthy, Kelce recently met with ESPN and Fox to discuss the possibility of some sort of on-air role, though those talks were described as preliminary in nature. McCarthy adds that Kelce has met with Amazon Prime Video about a spot on its Thursday Night Football crew.

McCarthy’s sources say that NBC and CBS are also expected to have interest when Kelce officially hangs up the cleats, so it sounds as if he will have no shortage of television options if he chooses to go that route. Although he has long been one of the best pivots in the game, the relentless media coverage of brother Travis Kelce‘s relationship with Taylor Swift, along with Jason’s memeable antics during the Chiefs’ divisional round victory over the Bills this year, have made Jason a recognizable face among the public at large. And the New Heights podcast that Jason and Travis co-host is, as McCarthy observes, one of the most popular sports podcasts in the country.

Jason, who has contemplated retirement for several years now, is out of contract, having just finished the one-year, $14.25MM deal he signed last March (one day after he announced he would return to the Eagles). If he decides to continue playing in 2024, he and the Eagles will need to work out a new pact, but negotations between the two sides would likely be quick and painless.

If he instead opts to leverage his newfound visibility into a full-time media career, Philadelphia would presumably shift 2022 draftee Cam Jurgens to center (Jurgens was the club’s starting right guard in 2023, though he missed some time due to a foot injury). Of course, Jason’s acceptance of a broadcaster/analyst post could impact his stated desire to remain with the Eagles in a front office or coaching capacity.

Jason Kelce Addresses Eagles Future

In the aftermath of the Eagles’ wild-card loss, it was reported center Jason Kelce informed his teammates he was retiring. No official announcement has been made yet, though, and the future Hall of Famer acknowledged that his future is uncertain.

Kelce has been a mainstay on the Eagles’ O-line since his rookie season in 2011. The 36-year-old has contemplated retirement on a number of occasions in recent years, but he has elected to take one-year deals to continue his career. Kelce has earned first-team All-Pro honors in each of the past three seasons, demonstrating his ongoing ability to play at a high level. If he does hang up his cleats, though, he does not intend to depart the organization.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen for me,” Kelce said, via Olivia Reiner of the Philadelphia Inquirer“But I do know, I still want to be involved in the organization and still want to be a part of it, regardless of what the decision is. Because I don’t want to ever feel like I’m on the outside looking in on these achievements and these accolades and these opportunities that largely represent entire cities and fan bases and organizations.”

Kelce has been in attendance for the Chiefs’ past two playoff games to support his brother Travis. The latter will have a chance at a third Super Bowl title in two weeks’ time and a second straight after being Jason and the Eagles last season. Any formal announcement will likely not be made until after the campaign comes to an end, but of course it is notable he has left the door open to another year as a player.

The Eagles drafted Cam Jurgens in the second round in 2022 to take over as Kelce’s successor at the center spot. Jurgens spent the 2023 campaign at right guard, but he could take over for Kelce if he does indeed elect to transition to a coaching or front office role. At a minimum, Kelce should be expected to remain in Philadelphia for 2024 in some capacity regardless of if he has played his final snap.

Eagles C Jason Kelce To Retire

At least one member of the Eagles’ ‘Core Four’ will not be in place for the 2024 season. Center Jason Kelce informed his teammates after Monday night’s loss that he is retiring, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Retirement questions are nothing new for the 36-year-old, and his playing future was in the air leading up to Super Bowl LVII. Kelce wound up on the wrong side of that contest, but he announced one month later that he intended to return for at least one more campaign. A new contract was then worked out, and he played out the year at a slight raise compared to what he would have otherwise made.

That one-year, $14.25MM pact came with the understanding Kelce may very well retire at the end of the current season. The Eagles appeared to be on their way to another deep playoff run through much of the 2023 campaign, but things took a significant turn for the worse down the stretch. Counting Monday’s lopsided loss to Tampa Bay, Philadelphia closed out the season losing six of seven games, and changes in the lineup and potentially on the sidelines will be coming.

Regardless of the circumstances, Kelce’s decision to hang up his cleats will leave a massive vacancy in the middle of the team’s offensive line and in the locker room. As a rookie in 2011, the former sixth-rounder took on full-time starting duties and never relinquished them over the course of his 13-year career. All 193 regular season games he played in, along with 12 in the playoffs, came with Philadelphia. Kelce established a reputation as one of the best centers not only of his generation but of all time throughout his tenure.

The Cincinnati alum earned seven Pro Bowl nods, including one in each of the past five years. Kelce was also named first-team All-Pro a total of five times. Only four other centers have matched that feat, and each of them – Jim Otto, Bulldog Turner, Dermotti Dawson and Jim Ringo – are in the Hall of Fame. Kelce will no doubt join them in Canton after following through with his decision to hang up his cleats.

Kelce’s career comes to an end with not only a number of personal accolades but also team success. He was a key member of the Eagles’ 2017 Super Bowl-winning squad, and that remained the case for last season’s trip to another title game. Kelce delivered consistent performances over the course of his career, earning a PFF grade of 80.2 or higher eight times. His lengthy track record of success culminated in more than $85MM in career earnings.

Cam Jurgens – drafted last season as Kelce’s successor – will likely move to C in 2024 after starting full-time at right guard this season. That transition will be notable given the long stretch since anyone other than Kelce manned the position and the substantial expectations Jurgens will face as his replacement. Meanwhile, it will also be worth watching what fellow mainstays Lane JohnsonFletcher Cox and Brandon Graham decide with respect to their playing futures.

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.