Eagles center Jason Kelce announced on Friday morning that he will be returning in 2021, ending speculation that he might retire and ensuring the team will have one of the best centers in the league back.
"I'm really fired up to be able to come back and play for the Eagles again," Kelce said to the team's website about the decision. "I've always said I'm playing until I'm not and I still have a very strong desire to play the game of football. I still want to do it. I still want to be around the guys. I want to be around the building, around the coaches. I still enjoy that aspect of it and I'm not ready to stop doing it yet. I'm excited with a lot of the energy going around right now and, also, I didn't want to end my career on a season like we had last year. It wouldn't feel right. I want to leave the Eagles knowing that I left it in good hands."
As part of returning Kelce restructured his contract to a new deal that will pay him $9 million, but could be worth up to $12 million, according to an NFL Network report.
Kelce was set to have a salary of just over $5 million, so although the details of the contract are not yet out, it is possible this move will cost the team some salary cap space.
With Kelce back the Eagles should go into next season with Kelce at center, Brandon Brooks at right guard and Lane Johnson at left tackle, a trio that has been one of the best in the NFL when healthy.
Kelce announced the news in an Instagram post:
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