The backbone of the Eagles offense is coming back for at least one more year, as Jason Kelce announced today he is ready to play in 2023.
Kelce has been contemplating retirement ever since the team won the Super Bowl back in 2018. He is already set to be a Pro Football Hall of Famer once he is ready to hang up his cleats. This past season Kelce was the 12th center in NFL history to be named to five Pro Bowl teams and also named 1st-team all-pro three times — the first 11 are all in the Hall of Fame.
The Eagles drafted his eventual replacement last season why they selected Cam Jurgens in the second round. With the Eagles not expected to bring back free agent RG Isaac Seumalo, Jurgens is expected to slide over to RG for this upcoming season. If Kelce is able to stay healthy this upcoming season, he is set to make franchise history. He currently sits in 5th place in games played (176). He needs to play 13 games to pass the current franchise leader David Akers (188). Brandon Graham is at 178 games played, so depending on his health as well Kelce could finish either in 1st place or 2nd place in franchise history.
Kelce has also played 139 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak in Eagles history. If he remains healthy he would pass RT Jon Runyan’s record of 144 consecutive games played.