Jason Kelce Retirement Rumors: Eagles center plans on returning in 2019
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce may or may not be retiring after the 2018 NFL Season.
The Philadelphia Eagles could either be dodging a huge bullet ahead of the 2019 offseason, or they could be taking a massive blow on offense. Rumors emerged on Saturday morning indicating that Eagles All-Pro center Jason Kelce had plans to hang up his cleats at the end of the season. According to Al Thompson of 610 ESPN Radio, Jason Kelce has informed his close family members that he intended on retiring as soon as the season concluded.
Kelce may be 31 years old, but the center looks like he has plenty of gas left in the tank. After all, he was voted as a first-team All-Pro in 2018. A couple of years ago, this report would’ve been more realistic as Kelce was visibly struggling a bit at the time. But nowadays, Kelce is still recognized as one of the best centers in the league. Retiring now would be downright shocking.
When the rumors came out first thing on Saturday morning, Eagles nation was devastated. With Kelce being one of the most popular players on the team, thanks to his famous Super Bowl speech, fans wouldn’t be too thrilled to hear that he no longer plans on playing beyond the 2018 season. Plus, since the Eagles are going to potentially look to make a few changes on the offensive line over the offseason, finding a Kelce replacement adds another major question mark to the list. Fortunately, though, the rumors were debunked shortly after the initial report.
Kelce will return next season
According to almost every member of the Philadelphia Eagles media, the report from Thompson was a significant reach. Unless his source is Jason Kelce himself, it looks like his statement is going to come up as inaccurate. No worries, Eagles fans. Jason Kelce should return for the 2019 NFL season, and if he stays with his contract, it looks like he should be here until the following season.
At this point, we can only assume that maybe two guys on the Eagles right now are considering a potential retirement. One is the left tackle Jason Peters, who has struggled with many injuries over the last couple of years. And two being the running back Darren Sproles, who has already considered a return in 2019 anyway. There’s still plenty of time before these decisions have to be made, so we will have to wait and see what happens.