Jason Kelce is due for another payday

Jason Kelce is due for another payday

It was only a year ago Jason Kelce was on the trade block. Now the city of Philadelphia is prepared to anoint Kelce Eagles center for life.

And the Eagles may just follow through with that suggestion — or at least a new contract that ensures Kelce will have an opportunity to finish his career in Philly.

Kelce didn’t just endear himself to fans with his impassioned speech at the Eagles’ victory parade. He graded out as the top center in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus, and was named the league’s best offensive lineman, period, by Football Outsiders. Analytics aside, Kelce also took home first-team All-Pro honors despite being snubbed for the Pro Bowl.

That’s OK. Kelce was too busy winning the Super Bowl to show up anyway.

As it turns out, Kelce’s acclaimed season was well-timed for reasons beyond aiding an Eagles championship run. He happens to be well positioned for upcoming contract negotiations.

Take your warm and fuzzies out of the equation for a moment. Kelce has three seasons remaining on his current deal with the Eagles, but 2018 is the final year to include guaranteed money. Usually, a player with any semblance of leverage can get an extension out of a similar situation, or at least restructure to provide financial security.

Kelce is also set to account for $7.2 million on the salary cap, ninth-most among NFL centers currently under contract. The case can be made he’s the very best center and one of the best O-linemen in the entire league, and he deserves a raise.

It stands to reason the Eagles should sign Kelce to a new deal on merit. Doing so could benefit the club for the short-term future as well. The Eagles are over the current projected cap for '18, but an extension or raise for Kelce would almost certainly be structured in such a to lower his number for next season.

Theoretically, Kelce can agree to restructure his deal strictly for the security, without adding years or money. But at age 30, coming off probably the best season of his career and his popularity having reached new heights, this may be his best shot to score one last long-term contract.

Given everything Kelce means to this franchise — now more than ever — and that a deal might be mutually advantageous, the Eagles could be happy to oblige.

*Ages as of Sept. 6, 2018

Brandon Brooks
Age: 29
2018 cap hit: $11.136M

Currently the second-most-expensive guard under contract for 2018 and worth every penny. Brooks graded out third at his position last season, earning his first Pro Bowl invitation in the process. Low key, one of the best free-agent signings by the Eagles in recent years.

Jason Kelce
Age: 30
2018 cap hit: $7.2M

Kelce has been through highs and lows, but in the right situation, he’s a unique weapon. There truly isn’t a more agile center in the league, and Doug Pederson knows how to make the most of his ability. Kelce is smart, he’s tough and he’s right in the midst of his prime.

Stefen Wisniewski
Age: 29
2018 cap hit: $2.958M

What a steal Wisniewski turned out to be. It’s hard to imagine why this guy was sitting around waiting for the phone to ring three weeks into free agency when the Eagles finally called in 2016. Now he’s the starting left guard for the reigning Super Bowl champions.

Chance Warmack
Age: 26
2018 cap hit: $1.984M

Initially, Warmack looked like a disappointment, ultimately losing the starting left guard job to Wisniewski. Warmack performed more capably in relief and spot starts later, offering some hope for his future. The Eagles could reopen the competition in 2018, the final year of his contract.

Isaac Seumalo
Age: 24
2018 cap hit: $854k

Almost an afterthought now, Seumalo began the season at left guard unopposed, then tumbled to the bottom of the depth chart two weeks in. The Eagles aren’t giving up on the 2016 third-round pick, but he has two years remaining on his contract and a lot of catching up ahead.

Wedding party pulls of Philly Special entrance to near perfection


Wedding party pulls of Philly Special entrance to near perfection

Wedding party entrances can be a tricky thing. There's a needed balance between having fun and looking like an idiot.

Some people are naturals when they get introduced. Others struggle with creativity. Execution is key.

We can now enter the Philly Special wedding party entrance into the record books. The execution was solid, but they clearly didn't practice as many times as Trey Burton, Corey Clement, and Nick Foles did. Not quite as gutsy of a call as Doug Pederson made, but a wedding is a huge stage. Kudos.

WMMR got some more details on the partygoers pulling off the play:

The Philly Special part deux happened at the wedding of Stephanie & Todd Cummings, March 17 at Spring Mill Manor, Ivyland, PA.

Groomsmen running the play are Tim Waring and Greg Georges, Bridesmaids are Nicole Werynski and Tricia Punyko. 

John Kruk to open four new cheesesteak restaurants

Kruk's Philly Steaks

John Kruk to open four new cheesesteak restaurants

Did you know John Kruk had a cheesesteak restaurant? Not only does he, but he’s adding four more locations and the food looks delicious.

Kruk opened his first restaurant, Kruk’s Philly Steaks, last April in Naples, Florida, before opening his second location in Fort Myers, Florida, last summer. According to his website, he has plans for four more throughout Florida with locations in Tampa, Sarasota, University Park and another in Fort Myers. There does not seem to be any plans to open a Kruk’s Philly Steaks in our area just yet, however.

Kruk played 10 seasons in the majors, with the bulk of that time being spent with the Phillies and had a career .300 average, but by the looks of it, his cheesesteaks may be just as good as his hitting.

The menu also includes “The Krukker” that is a cheesesteak with American cheese, fried onions, mayo and ketchup as well as chicken cheesesteaks and Italian pork roast.

His flagship location has a four-star rating on Yelp with tons of positive comments about the joint. So, if you’re ever in Florida, check out Kruk’s and let us know how it is. If not, you can catch John on Phillies broadcasts all season long on NBC Sports Philadelphia.