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Eagles Stay or Go — Is this the year Kendricks is moved?

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Eagles Stay or Go — Is this the year Kendricks is moved?

Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro continue our series examining the future of the world champion Eagles.

Jason Kelce
Roob: In the span of a year, Kelce has gone from a favorite whipping boy of fans to All-Pro center and legendary Super Bowl parade spokesman. Safe to say Kelce isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Give him credit for addressing his technique issues during the offseason and getting back to the point where he was one of the best centers in the NFL. Kelce was massive this year. 

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: Remember when a bunch of fans wanted to run Kelce out of town? Not anymore. Now he's an All-Pro center at the top of his game. Kelce has been with the Eagles since 2011 and he is just now coming off his best NFL season. And he's still under contract through the 2020 season. If there are still any fans who don't like him, there's a really good chance Kelce doesn't bleeping care. 

Verdict: STAYS

Mychal Kendricks
Roob: 
Whoever knows with Kendricks? Every year we expect the Eagles to get rid of him, and every year he's back. Kendricks had one heck of a bounce-back season this year and even though the big plays weren't really there, he played his most consistent brand of football from opening day through the Super Bowl. Kendricks has been here longer than everybody but Brent Celek, Jason Peters, Brandon Graham and Kelce, and I'd be surprised if he doesn't return for his seventh season in an Eagles uniform.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: There was a time last winter when Kendricks requested a trade out of Philadelphia. Good thing the Eagles didn't give him what he wanted. Because once Jordan Hicks went down with an Achilles tear, the Eagles really relied on Nigel Bradham and Kendricks to keep the defense together. During his six years with the Eagles, Kendricks has had a pretty wild career. He was a second-round pick who started strong, got a huge deal, struggled, played less, wanted out, and now is a Super Bowl champion. Thanks to the contract extension he signed before the 2016 season, Kendricks is set to have a really high cap hit of $7.6 million this season and it rises to $8.6 million next year. It's just hard to imagine the Eagles moving on without another plan. 

Verdict: STAYS

D.J. Killings
Roob: 
The Eagles like Killings enough that they gave him a significant pay raise when another team tried to snatch him off their practice squad. But where does he fit in? With Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, there isn't really room for another young corner. But Killings knows the defense and Jim Schwartz likes him. He has decent size and can run. If the Eagles get banged up at corner, he's a guy who could fill in right away.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: Killings, who has about the best name ever for a defensive back, joined the Eagles' practice squad in October and stayed the rest of the way. The team brought him back on their 90-man roster already this offseason. I honestly don't know much about the former UCF corner, but I do know the cornerback position is pretty full. 

Verdict: GOES

Lane Johnson throws shade at Donovan McNabb, who keeps getting under people's skin

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Lane Johnson throws shade at Donovan McNabb, who keeps getting under people's skin

Turns out Lane Johnson is protective of Carson Wentz both on the field and on social media.

Donovan McNabb, who has become a professional annoying person since fading out of the NFL during the 2011 season, said in a radio interview with Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio on Saturday that the Eagles will need to start thinking about replacing Carson Wentz if the Eagles don’t reach an NFC Championship Game by next year.

Here’s Dave Zangaro’s story on that.

That didn’t go over too well with Johnson, the Eagles’ all-pro right tackle, who tweeted this on Easter Sunday: 

Ouch.

McNabb’s post-Eagles career has been a train wreck. He won only six of 19 starts with the Redskins and Vikings before drifting out of the NFL at the relatively young age of 35. 

He worked briefly for NFL Network and ESPN before losing his ESPN job following allegations of sexual harassment when he worked at NFL Network, allegations he has denied. 

And he had DUI convictions in 2013 and 2015 and served an 18-day sentence along with a 72-day house arrest sentence after the second one.

And he keeps saying dumb stuff.

McNabb was a very good quarterback. But he can’t seem to get through an interview without saying something embarrassing, inappropriate or just plain dumb.

The issue isn’t whether the Eagles would need to replace Wentz in two years — of course they won’t, if he continues to play at a high level. And of course they will if he can’t stay healthy or struggles.

The issue is that it’s McNabb saying it. Which comes across petty and passive aggressive considering Wentz plays the same position for the same team that McNabb did for 11 years.

McNabb just has a way of getting under people's skin. It’s why Philadelphia never truly embraced him even though he took the Eagles to the playoffs eight times, won nine playoff games and made six Pro Bowls. 

This time it was Lane Johnson whose skin he got under. Next time it’ll be someone else. 

Some things never change. 

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Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson troll Chip Kelly at autograph signing

Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson troll Chip Kelly at autograph signing

Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson teamed up for 13 touchdowns together during their career, and they teamed up once again to take a shot at their former coach.

On Saturday, Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson held an autograph signing at DTLR in Chester, and there was a very interesting sign posted outside the store.

No Chip Kelly allowed.

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This goes back to Vick and Jackson’s time together on the Eagles when Kelly was at the helm. The saga has been widely documented. In an interview earlier this year, Vick even told a story to Jackson about a time his relationship with his coach brought him to tears.

Jackson’s career has come full circle with his return to the Birds this offseason, but the scars, and the jabs, remain.

If you were wondering, Kelly was pretty busy on Saturday at UCLA’s spring game as he prepares to improve upon a 3-9 season in his first year in charge of the Bruins’ football team.

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