Sadly, the Philadelphia Eagles will have to replace Jason Kelce one day.
It’s perhaps one of the best and worst parts about being a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles or, for that matter, a fan of any of the NFL’s 32 professional franchises. Nothing lasts forever. That’s good news in the sense that a losing record or disqualification from the postseason isn’t a death sentence. Any team can snag a few key draft picks, add a few guys in free agency, and be right back in the thick of things the following season. It isn’t rare to see teams go from the “outhouse” to the “penthouse”.
That’s what’s great about change. That and the fact the NFL is forward-thinking and has no issue with re-writing the rule book if they think they’ve found something that will make the game better.
The unfortunate part of change is those things we love can’t last forever. For the past nine seasons, Jason Kelce, a man Andy Reid found in the sixth round of the 2011 draft, has been one of the heartbeats of this Eagles organization. He’s been elected to three Pro Bowls. He’s a three-time First-team All-Pro. He was a member of the NFL’s Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year for the 2017 season.
Sadly, the author of the greatest speech in the history of victory parades is nearing the end as we approach Year 10, and it’s time the Eagles look at finding a successor. If they’re interested there will be some good ones in the 2021 NFL Draft. That is if we aren’t talking about the need to draft a wide receiver again next year (seemingly an Eagles tradition now).