The Eagles have signed another one of their offensive lineman to a contract extension. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the team has signed center Jason Kelce to a 7 year contract extension worth $37.5 million and with $13 million in guaranteed money. Kelce had one year remaining on his rookie contract prior to the new deal.
The extension will be keep Kelce under contract in Philadelphia through 2020. This is a big signing for the Eagles as Kelce is seen as one of the most vital members of Chip Kelly's offensive. Just 26, Kelce has a long career ahead of him and the Eagles front office clearly wanted it be in Philadelphia.
Kelce has turned out to be the lone bright spot of the much-maligned 2011 NFL Draft class for the Eagles. Taken in the sixth round out of Cincinnati, Kelce was an immediate starter at center. Outside of missing 14 games in 2012 due to MCL and ACL tears, Kelce has been a key cog in the Eagles offensive line. He has started all 34 games that he has appeared since being drafted.
Heading into his fourth season, Kelce is adored by Eagles fans, players and coaches for his athleticism and quirky personality. He has also become a valued leader in the Philadelphia locker room.