Aug 20, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (62) prior to a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Howie Roseman Says Eagles Want Jason Kelce in Philadelphia "For a Long Time"

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Lost in the Eagles disastrous 2011-12 seasons, and elite production from fellow offensive lineman Evan Mathis and Jason Peters, has been just how good center Jason Kelce has been in his first three NFL seasons. The Cincinnati alum, has stabilized the center position much like Jamaal Jackson did for the team in the mid-2000’s—and management has noticed.

Speaking to Reuben Frank  of CSN Philly, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman didn’t understate the importance of reaching a longterm extension with Kelce, who will make 1.389 million next year, the final season of his rookie contract.

“The kind of guy that you’d like to have in Philadelphia for a long time,” Roseman called Kelce.

Frank notes that Kelce’s agent and the Eagles haven’t began extension discussions, but should at some point this off-season. Frank believes that prior to training camp opening up late next July, he believes that Kelce should have “a multi-year deal worth between four and a half and five million per year”.

Keeping Kelce in midnight green may be crucial to the longterm success of Chip Kelly’s offense. With Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, and Todd Herremans, all 31 and older, the Eagles will likely have to replace three-fifths of their offensive line sometime in the next two to four years. Finding new offensive lineman isn’t an easy task, whether it be through the draft or free-agency, so keeping the successful offensive lineman that are already on your roster, is crucial.

Lane Johnson is under contract through 2016, so locking up the 26 year-old Kelce should be the Eagles number one priority after the draft and free-agency.

Kelce was an integral part to this years Philadelphia Eagles team and GM Howie Roseman wants him to stick around for a while. Watch Kelce grow into one of the mainstays to this Eagles line for years to come by getting your Eagles tickets today.

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