Could Mychal Kendricks become an enemy of the Eagles?
Philadelphia Eagles former linebacker Mychal Kendricks is gaining some substantial interest in free agency. Will he remain close to the Eagles?
It has been close to a week since the Philadelphia Eagles cut ties with veteran linebacker, Mychal Kendricks. Just last Tuesday, the team made the shocking announcement shortly after the start of 2018 OTAs. After hearing that Kendricks was on the trade block countless times over the years, it really felt like Kendricks would never actually find himself on another team. But this time around, the Eagles were very serious about moving on.
Since the release, Kendricks has remained quiet about the situation. He did give a nice little shoutout to the Eagles fan base on his Instagram account, but he didn’t really have much to say about the organization that got him here.
It’s quite obvious that Kendricks’ was unhappy in Philadelphia. In fact, around this time last year, Kendricks and his agent were doing all they can to get him on a different team. His 2016 regression was quite notable, but it might not have been all of his fault.
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At the time, new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was hardly worried about getting Kendricks on the field. And the seven-year veteran only accounted for roughly 27-percent of the defensive snaps. And even after Kendicks bounced back in 2017, the team still wasn’t sold.
Revenge time for Kendricks?
The fact that Mychal Kendricks only thanked the Eagles fan base in his farewell to the city made the situation seem a bit off. Unlike select long-time veterans like Vinny Curry, Beau Allen, and Brent Celek, Kendricks was hardly fazed by the situation. Actually, it was quite evident that Kendricks was once again separating himself from the Eagles for the second consecutive offseason.
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Now that Kendricks is a free bird (no pun intended,) He may find himself remaining close to Philly. Just not with the Eagles. This week, the former second-round pick will take a tour around the U.S. to meet with his next potential organization. Some candidates include the Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, and the Minnesota Vikings.
So Kendricks doesn’t look to be joining the NFC East. But one of his ideal landing spots creates a giant conflict of interest for Eagles fans. While the love between Kendricks and the Eagles fan base remains mutual, the one move that would inevitably damage the support could be Kendricks suiting up in the purple and gold.
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Obviously, we understand that he may want to reunite with his brother, Eric. But it still won’t go over well in Philly if he joins the Vikings. As the Vikings currently have one of the best defenses in the NFL, they only get better with Kendricks in the picture. Could they take out the Eagles in the NFC Championship rematch during week five in the regular season? That’s debatable. But one thing is for sure. If Kendricks joins the Vikings, this recent rivalry will reignite in no time.