NFC East Update
Despite the uncertainty around linebacker Mychal Kendricks’ future in Philadelphia, including being the focal point of trade talks as Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly continued his face-lift of the Eagles’ roster the two sides have reached an accord. Kendricks has agreed to a 4-year extension worth $29 million with $16.4 million in guaranteed money. It’s a solid deal for the player and an even better deal for the organization. The 2012 second round selection was on the last year of his rookie contract but there are no longer any questions about where he will be playing in the future or his financial security.
By acquiring fellow inside linebacker Kiko Alonso in a blockbuster deal that sent Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills the Eagles now have three talented ILBs with Demeco Ryans, Alonso and Kendricks in the fold for the foreseeable future. This level of depth at ILB may appear to be an embarrassment of riches but the Eagles totaled more defensive snaps than any other team in the NFL in 2014 due in large part to their up-tempo offense. Expect all three to rotate as the Eagles’ coaching staff attempts to keep them all healthy and fresh without sacrificing much in terms of production.
In other news:
- The Patriots have waived/injured Brian Tyms;
- OG Doug Legursky has signed with the Steelers;
- C Chris Myers has announced his retirement;
- The Bengals have released QB Josh Johnson; and
- The Patriots have acquired OT Michael Williams from the Lions for an undisclosed draft pick.