According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Mychal Kendricks and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to an extension.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan says that the extension is for four years, and $29 million total. He also has details on the guaranteed money.
The Eagles confirmed the move on Twitter.
This is what part of the team’s press release on the extension said:
Mychal Kendricks will be in the middle of the Eagles’ defense for years to come.
On Monday evening, the Eagles announced that linebacker Mychal Kendricks has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension, keeping him in Philadelphia through the 2019 season.
A second-round pick of the Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft, Kendricks has been an integral part of the Eagles’ defense for the past three seasons. The athletic inside linebacker has started 40 of his 42 career games, tallying 333 total tackles, nine sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
Despite missing four games last season, Kendricks was second on the team with 108 tackles and tied for third with three forced fumbles. Against Seattle, Kendricks racked up a season-best 16 tackles, the most by any Eagle in a single game all year. Kendricks’ 2013 campaign was stellar, as he became just the third Eagle ever to post at least four sacks and three interceptions in a single season, joining William Thomas (1996) and Seth Joyner (1991 and 1992).
Though this really doesn’t technically mean anything in the race regard, Chip Kelly electing to sign an African American player to an extension is sure to be a point of discussion.
The Kendricks extension comes as somewhat of a surprise. The Eagles re-did the deal of DeMeco Ryans this off-season, acquired Kiko Alonso via a trade and used their third-round pick on an inside linebacker in Jordan Hicks. Many believed that the Eagles would trade Kendricks on draft weekend, and after that didn’t happen, they wondered if he would be allowed to walk after his contract expired at the end of the 2015 season.
While this contract comes as positive news to most fans, the timing is strange. Kendricks hasn’t played in either of the first two pre-seasn games with what has been reported as a hamstring injury.
Kendricks, a 2012 second-round pick out of Cal, has never played the full 16 games in his three NFL seasons. He played 15 in his first two years, and then was limited to 12 a season ago. Some speculated that this was why the Eagles seemingly didn’t have him in their long-term plans.
We will update this article as we learn more…