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Kelce's epic parade rant immortalized in legendary tattoo

Kelce's epic parade rant immortalized in legendary tattoo

Jason Kelce’s legendary speech on the steps of the Museum of Art will live on in the memories of Philadelphians forever.

Sports fans like to throw hyperbole around pretty frequently, but Kelce’s impassioned rant will go down as the greatest celebration speech in this city’s history.

And Kelce’s majestic Mummer’s attire and expletive-laced speech will live on one fan’s leg for the rest of his life.

Jordan Clarius shared an image of Kelce’s beautiful mug rocking his Mummer’s hat with the simple words “F*CK EM” underneath. The Internet loved it.

We spoke with Clarius on Friday about his new ink that was done on Thursday night by one of his best friends, Keith Reed, at Xtreme Ink Tattoo in West Chester, PA.

Clarius, a 37-year-old West Chester resident who has been a Birds' fan since he was nine, is "completely covered from his hands to neck" in tattoos so the new Kelce jawn was a logical addition.

"It wasn't a huge deal to me," he said. "I was planning to get an Eagles championship tattoo for a while. I was thinking maybe a talon holding the Lombardi trophy but then we were sitting at dinner last night after attending the parade on Broad and I was scrolling through Twitter and I saw the image of Kelce in the Mummer's gear."

Clarius took a screen shot from his phone and sent it to the artist.

"I texted it to my buddy Keith and asked him if he could do something with it. He said the shop was a little slow and that I should go over tonight. I showed up an hour later, he had the image of Kelce's head sketched out, with the 'F*CK EM' under it. I was like, 'I'll totally get a tattoo of that.'"

"If I didn’t think you would, I wouldn’t have drawn it,” Keith replied.

So how did Clarius feel this morning waking up with Jason Kelce on his body?

"Pretty awesome to wake up to. I got it super high on my thigh. One of the best parts is that Kelce is right next to a portrait of Ol' Dirty Bastard I got done about 15 years ago."

But the tattoo hasn't been without its repurcusioins.

"It was hysterical. Getting ready for work this morning, my phone just kept blowing up, I've been extremely unproductive at work today."

Haven't we all.

Here's Clarius with his daughter on Broad Street at the parade and a shot of his ODB tat from when he first got it 15 years ago:

 

Eagles wise to reject Foles trade offer… for now

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Eagles wise to reject Foles trade offer… for now

Nick Foles for the 35th overall pick in the draft? A lot of Eagles fans would’ve probably pulled the trigger on that trade.

We know now the Eagles, wisely, did not.

Technically, it was Foles who shunned the Cleveland Browns’ overtures. According to an NFL.com report, the Eagles approached the Super Bowl MVP in March about the Browns’ offer of a second-round choice in the 2018 draft. He would rather remain a backup quarterback in Philadelphia than start for the league’s most pitiful franchise.

The Eagles respected his wishes. It wasn’t what was best for Foles. He earned that deference.

But it wasn’t what was best for the Eagles, either.

Never mind the organization owed it to Foles to ask his feelings about a possible trade, or that dumping him off in Cleveland against his wishes would’ve been unpopular with fans and around the league. Those were good reasons to turn down the offer. Just not necessarily the only reasons.

There was no need for the Eagles to settle for a second-round pick at that point in time, and all the rationale in the world says to wait and see what transpires.

Carson Wentz’s ongoing recovery from a torn ACL is the obvious. As confident as Wentz is he’ll be under center for the Eagles in Week 1, that remains to be seen. His progress was an even greater unknown when the offer was made over two months ago.

Was No. 35 enough to gamble on Wentz’s getting healthy in time for the 2018 season, amid the Eagles’ bid to repeat?

Maybe, maybe not – fortunately, the Eagles didn’t have to decide to trade Foles right then and there.

If recent history has told us anything, it’s not only do the Eagles have the option to trade Foles at a later date, but his value could increase based on demand.

The Eagles would know. Fans couldn’t believe the front office didn’t ship a disgruntled Sam Bradford to the Broncos for a second-round pick after making the move to draft Wentz in 2016. A few months later, almost everybody was amazed when Bradford was dealt to the Vikings for a first and a fourth.

Circumstances changed. The Vikings were a viable contender that, due to an injury, suddenly became desperate for an established quarterback just as the regular season was about to begin.

There’s no telling which teams might have interest in Foles between now and the mid-season trade deadline, or what price they might be willing to pay. And the Eagles were never going to find out had they shipped him out for the first semi-decent package that was floated their way.

The absolute worst-case scenario now is Foles sticks with the Eagles all this season, is never called upon to play a meaningful snap, then opts out of his contract and becomes a free agent next year.

Yet, even in that scenario, the reigning Super Bowl champions had the best insurance policy in the NFL, for a relatively modest price at $8 million against the salary cap, and the league eventually awards the team a compensatory draft pick after his departure. Along the way, the Eagles simultaneously get to do right by Foles and engender positive vibes among fans and around the league.

The Eagles could’ve used the cap space and another second-round pick this year, but they were better off keeping Foles.

For now, at least.

Eagles releasing Mychal Kendricks the right thing to do

Eagles releasing Mychal Kendricks the right thing to do

For the past two years, the Eagles kept Mychal Kendricks in a state of limbo. It was about time the team set him free.

The Eagles didn’t release Kendricks on Tuesday simply because it was “the right thing to do” — if there was such a thing in this instance. They did it because the move will save $6 million against the salary cap in 2018. They did it because Corey Nelson is a cheaper alternative. They did it because Kendricks isn’t an ideal fit for Jim Schwartz’s scheme. They did it because, evidently, they couldn’t find a trade partner.

In short, the Eagles released Kendricks because the 27-year-old linebacker wasn’t worth $16-plus million over the next two seasons. That really should be enough.

It was also about time the Eagles put Kendricks out of his misery. He made no secret about being unhappy with his reduced role since Schwartz became defensive coordinator, asking the team to either cut him or move him last offseason. The subject of trade rumors annually since 2015, Kendricks probably hadn’t felt comfortable about his standing with the organization for quite awhile.

At what point are the Eagles holding him hostage?

Good thing the club didn’t oblige Kendricks’ request last year, as he wound up filling in for the injured Jordan Hicks and playing a pivotal part in the Eagles’ Super Bowl run. Some see that as evidence the team made a mistake in letting a six-year veteran with 78 career NFL starts to walk away for nothing.

While it’s true Kendricks came up big in 2017, he wasn’t exactly an impact player for the Eagles, finishing the season with four tackles for loss and two sacks in 18 games, including playoffs. He hasn’t forced a fumble since 2015. He hasn’t recorded an interception since 2013. And rushing the passer, arguably his greatest strength, goes almost completely unutilized in Schwartz’s scheme, which sent Kendricks after opposing quarterbacks just eight times all year, according to Pro Football Focus.

Numbers may not do Kendricks’ campaign justice, but typically more would be expected of somebody who was set to carry a $7.6 million cap figure into ’18.

The Eagles also feel they are in better shape now in terms of depth at the position (see story).

Kendricks’ days appeared to be numbered the moment the club signed Nelson and the free-agent addition declared he would compete for the starting weakside linebacker job. It’s unclear whether the Eagles are putting too much faith in the former Denver Broncos reserve and the host of linebacker prospects already on the roster. Regardless, the team likes its options.

So why force Kendricks to stick around? From the team’s standpoint, it was a lot of money for the level of production, for not being a great scheme fit and given his impending return to the bench. The Eagles were wise to keep him around for one more year, but with other arrangements since made, moving on now doesn’t sting as much.

The fact Kendricks was anything less than thrilled to be back only makes it easier. After handling his displeasure like a pro last season, then helping the Eagles win their first Super Bowl championship, granting his release seems like the least the team could do.