Eagles Sign Mychal Kendricks to $29 Million Extension
Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles were shopping star linebacker Mychal Kendricks all summer. Due to be a free agent after this year, the talented linebacker would arguably cost too much to keep and the Eagles preferred to get something in return for him instead of letting him walk.
Neither are going to happen.
Per reports, the team has ultimately decided to keep Kendricks and has signed him to a $29 million contract extension. Kendricks’ deal is for four years and will run through the 2019 NFL season, in which he will be 28 years old. Kendrick’s deal isn’t jaw-dropping, but it did come with $16 million fully guaranteed and is a nice get for a player who was swept up in trade rumors for months.
Eagles said they weren’t trading Mychael Kendricks, they kept their word as they have just locked him up to a new year extension
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 24, 2015
It’s worth wondering if all the trade talk over the past several months was just a cheap ploy by the Eagles to get Kendricks to takes less to stay in town. If anything, one would think the trade chatter would make him want to leave even more. Either way, the Eagles clearly liked Kendricks plenty, as they opted to sign him to a long-term deal. Letting him walk was really never an option, as he’s simply much too talented.
Of course, the one surprise here is that Mychal Kendricks is pretty good. A strong athlete with good speed and instincts, Kendricks can work sidelined to sideline and is balanced enough to help against both the run and the pass. It’s at least mildly surprising that no team pitched an offer good enough to take him off of Philly’s hands. Then again, if the trade chatter was all just talk to begin with, it’s possible no deal really would have ever been good enough for the Eagles.
Regardless of the Mychal Kendricks trade rumors, he’s now an Eagle for the next four years, and Philly will be happy to have him. His talent fits Chip Kelly’s 3-4 defense perfectly and he should work with Kiko Alonso to give the Eagles a very stout linebacking corps. With Connor Barwin working on the outside and Marcus Smith hopefully coming around, Philly’s defense could be seriously nasty come 2015. That may not make for a trip to the Super Bowl just yet, but Chip Kelly’s crew has won at least 10 games in both seasons he’s been at the helm. With the defensive side of the ball only bound to improve, Philly fans have to like their chances of at least sneaking back into the playoffs for the second time in three years.
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