Could Jason Kelce’s tenure in Philadelphia be coming to a close?
The Eagles re-signed center/guard Stefen Wisniewski to a three-year deal on Friday.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 10, 2017
The 28-year-old signed a one-year, $1.5 million pact last season and appeared in 12 games as the Birds dealt with an injury to guard Allen Barbre and endured the suspension of tackle Lane Johnson. Wiz’s deal is worth approximately $9 million over three years and he can make up to $15 million if he hits incentives, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Eagles OL Stefen Wisniewski's deal worth close to $9m over 3 years but he can make almost $15m if he hits incentives, source says
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 10, 2017
I do feel like Kelce’s release could be coming soon.
The 29-year-old Kelce, who is under contract through the 2020 season, has a cap hit of $6.2 million in 2017 and the Eagles could save $3.8 million by cutting him. Kelce struggled during his first half of the season, but played better as it went along. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson played to his center’s strengths, using his nimble frame to pull and block along the boundary a lot more over the second half of the year.
At his chore, however, Pederson wants to play power football and push people backwards. He might’ve played up to what Kelce does best, but it’s not what Pederson envisions his offense to be. Kelce gained weight last offseason just to get up to 290 pounds. When Pederson was the offensive coordinator in Kansas City, 305-pound Mitch Morse was the center. Rookie third-round pick Isaac Seumalo is also 300-plus.
With the signing of Chance Warmack Thursday and January additions of guard Dallas Thomas and center/guard Josh LeRibeus the writing could be on the wall for Kelce.