Will Eagles’ Center Jason Kelce be Back in 2021?
One of the more interesting stories to keep an eye on will be the future of Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce.
There was some though last offseason that Kelce would retire, but made he made the decision to return for the 2020 season. He the only Eagles starter to not miss a game with an injury, though he played with a very painful elbow injury that had him playing less than 100-percent most of the season.
Kelce has been a constant in the middle of the Eagles offensive line since being selected in the sixth-round of the 2011 draft, and is a four-time Pro-Bowler, and three-time first-team All-Pro selection.
His loss would certainly be felt, if he in fact decided to call it quits.
He does however still have one-year left on his deal that pays him $5.5 million, but what are his plans for the 2021 season?
"There is nothing official here, but my sense is, in the end that he'll play rather than retire," NFL insider Adam Caplan from the Inside the Birds Podcast said on The Sports Bash during Football at Four.
"Again, there is nothing official, but there is a better chance that he plays than retires."
Caplan also mentioned that he cannot envision Kelce playing for another team, citing that he has made his home here and his friends and family all live in the Philadelphia area.
As for in-house replacements in the event that Kelce does in fact retire, the team has a few options including moving starting left guard Isaac Seumalo to center, or turning to second-year player Nate Herbig, who got some valuable experience in 2020.
"I don't believe that Kelce's replacement is on the roster right now," Caplan stated.
Herbig is an option that Caplan said the team likes but that they don't believe he is ready to be a full-time starter.
While the Eagles replacement for Kelce might not be on the roster, his return could be a key to help turn the Eagles 2020 offensive woes around in 2021.
An offensive line anchored by Kelce with Isaac Seumalo, a returning Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks and either Andre Dillard or Jordan Mailate at left tackle could help the Eagles offensive line become one of the better ones in football.
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