3 Moves Eagles Need to Make After Jason Kelce's Retirement

With Jason Kelce officially retiring from the NFL on Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles might need to work on finding his replacement this offseason.

Jan 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (62) thanks the fans
Jan 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (62) thanks the fans / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro and future Hall of Fame center Jason Kelce called it a career as he officially announced his retirement in front of his friends and family. 

Kelce solidified himself as one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history and among the best players in Eagles history. It will be challenging for the Eagles to replace Kelce this offseason, as he was the best to do it at his position for 12 years.

With free agency and the 2024 NFL Draft on the horizon, Philadelphia’s front office brass and head coach Nick Sirianni will explore multiple ways to fill the void left by Kelce. Whatever move the Eagles make it won’t be a perfect fit, as it’s tough to replace what Kelce did for the team and the city.

Below, we’ll discuss three potential moves the Eagles should make on the offensive line, with Kelce officially hanging up his cleats.

1. Eagles Move Cam Jurgens to Center

With Kelce officially retiring, Philadelphia will likely look in-house to find their next center for the next 5-10 years. 

The good news for the Eagles is that they already have their replacement in Cam Jurgens, who was drafted in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft from Nebraska.

When Philadelphia drafted Jurgens a few years ago, the former Cornhuskers center received the seal of approval from Kelce.

The Eagles didn’t want any time getting Jurgens into the mix as he became the full-time right guard this past season in only his second year in the NFL. Philly can move Jurgens back to his natural position, where he started 31 games over his collegiate career.

The 6-foot-3 offensive lineman is the perfect replacement for Kelce, as he’s learned under Jeff Stoutland for multiple years. It would also allow the Eagles to sign a right guard in free agency or have a competition between Tyler Steen and a rookie.