Jason Kelce Opts Against Retirement, Returning to the Eagles for Another Season

Jason Kelce in 2018.
Jason Kelce in 2018.. Photo by Charles Baus/Csm/REX/Shutterstock (9351530ao)

The Philadelphia Eagles managed to convince franchise legend Jason Kelce to delay his retirement plans for at least one more season. The team just confirmed that the two sides agreed to terms that will see Kelce returning to the team in 2023.

After a failed Super Bowl LVII run this past season, Kelce reportedly wanted to end his professional career and ride off into the sunset. However, the Eagles made it clear they want him back and offered him a one-year, $14.25 million deal that ensures he is still the highest-paid center in the league.

Jason Kelce has been one of the most important players on the Eagles for the past decade. He provided rarely-seen stability and excellence on the center position, earning six Pro Bowl nods and five First-team All-Pro selections during his 12 years with the franchise. He was also part of the team that won the Super Bowl LII in the 2017 season.

Despite turning 35 in 2022, Kelce was the highest-rated center in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. He started all 17 games in the regular season and didn’t allow a single sack or a quarterback hit.

With one of the cornerstones of their team under contract, the Eagles can now focus on other pressing needs. They still have a number of free agents that they are looking to re-sign while also working on filling other positions of need.

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