Ranking best options for Philadelphia Eagles if Jason Kelce retires

Jason Kelce #62, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jason Kelce #62, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
2 of 4
Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles
Bradley Bozeman, Baltimore Ravens (Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports) /

3. The Eagles can explore free agency, but they won’t find a Jason Kelce clone there.

Did we mention the fact that replacing Jason Kelce is going to be tough? Future Hall-of-Famers don’t grow on trees, you know! If it was easy to earn four First-Team All-Pro nods and five trips to the Pro Bowl, everyone would do it.

Just thinking about what Kelce has done makes his story even more impressive, and whether the legend says goodbye now or sometime next offseason, here’s what we can say with confidence. Losing one of the best players to ever don an Eagles jersey means Philly will need to move swiftly to fill a gaping hole.

How often do we toss trade scenarios back and forth? How often do we actually see trades happen? It isn’t very often, is it?

Sure, we could explore a few possibilities on the block, but that normally isn’t how the Eagles brass (Howie Roseman and Jeffrey Lurie) does business. They have been known to fish in free agency’s pool, however, and in studying the best talent that figures to be available come March, this would be a good time to underline the names of two young guys who are very raw and two grizzled vets at the center position.

Brian Allen of the Los Angeles Rams, a former fourth-round selection in 2018, and Bradley Bozeman of the Baltimore Ravens are both under 30. Ryan Jensen (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Ben Jones (Tennessee Titans) might be available as well. They’re both over 30. Jensen is the only player on that list who’s made a Pro Bowl.

All that’s been said to say this. Free agency is an option, but it isn’t the best that the Eagles have, but there are a couple that could be home runs. Let’s explore each one.