Everyone was overjoyed when Jason Kelce announced plans to return for his 13th NFL season, all of them in a midnight green jersey. The only thing people wanted to know was how much was it going to cost the cash-strapped Philadelphia Eagles heading into the 2023 campaign.
Well, the answer to that all-important question has been answered. Kelce will earn $14.25 million in base salary next season, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He gets a small pay bump from the $14 million he made in 2022. The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane added that Kelce’s one-year deal could reach $14.75 million with incentives. He will remain the highest-paid center in the NFL on a per-year basis.
Is it a lot of money to spend on a 35-year-old starter? Sure. If it was anyone else besides Kelce there might be pushback, but it’s hard not to see it as a just reward for one of the greatest players — and future Hall of Famer — to ever don an Eagles’ uniform.
The Eagles officially announced the move on Twitter following Kelce’s decision to break the news via a hilarious viral video on his “New Heights” podcast.” The team also made sure to provide plenty of feel-good content in the form of highlight reels and mic ‘d-up videos. Yes, “Fat Batman” will be wearing the cape for at least one more year.
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— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 14, 2023
Another Year of Apprenticeship for Cam Jurgens
Cam Jurgens had been slotted in as the new starting center if Kelce would have retired. He’s not. That means another year of sitting back and watching the Eagles legend for the talented second-year player out of Nebraska. Or, in a popular scenario, they move Jurgens over to right guard and let Isaac Seumalo walk in free agency.
With Kelce back, Cam Jurgens should slot into guard.
The Eagles will have a top-3 offensive line again in 2023.
— Brenden Deeg (@BrendenDeeg_) March 13, 2023
Either way, the 6-foot-3, 303-pounder known as “Beef Jurgy” will be on a huge learning curve in Year 2. And, make no mistake, Jurgens will be ready to rock. He’s been listening to Kelce’s advice …read more