Jason Kelce Talks About Future with Eagles

Eagles' stalwart Kelce keeps fans guessing about retirement decision.

by Nouman Rasool
Jason Kelce Talks About Future with Eagles
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In the aftermath of the Philadelphia Eagles' wild-card loss, reports circulated that veteran center Jason Kelce had informed his teammates about his retirement. Despite widespread speculation, no official announcement has been made, leaving fans and the football community in suspense.

The 36-year-old, a mainstay on the Eagles' offensive line since his rookie season in 2011, acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding his future, adding a layer of intrigue to his illustrious career.

Kelce's Uncertain Future

Kelce, a future Hall of Famer, has flirted with retirement in recent years but has consistently opted for one-year deals to extend his time on the field.

His stellar performance has been evident, earning him first-team All-Pro honors for the past three seasons. However, the question of whether he will hang up his cleats remains unanswered. Addressing the speculation, Kelce stated, “I don’t know what’s going to happen for me, but I do know I still want to be involved in the organization and still want to be a part of it, regardless of what the decision is." Expressing his desire to stay connected with the team, he emphasized the importance of remaining engaged with the achievements, accolades, and opportunities that represent not only individual players but entire cities and fan bases.

While attending the Kansas City Chiefs' recent playoff games to support his brother Travis, Kelce has not ruled out the possibility of returning for another season. An official announcement is expected after the conclusion of the current campaign, maintaining the suspense around Kelce's potential retirement.

The Eagles drafted Cam Jurgens in the second round of the 2022 draft as a potential successor to Kelce at the center position. Jurgens, who spent the 2023 season at right guard, could assume the role if Kelce decides to transition into coaching or a front-office position.

Regardless of the decision regarding his playing career, Kelce has expressed a commitment to remain involved with the Eagles in some capacity for the 2024 season, ensuring his continued presence in Philadelphia.