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Eagles won't trade Mychal Kendricks, says Chip Kelly

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There you have it.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are not going to trade Mychal Kendricks. Or at least that's what Chip Kelly said prior to the team's first training camp practice on Sunday. Kelly's exact words:

"Mychal Kendricks is not going anywhere. You can write that down in ink. Not pencil. He's not going anywhere."

Kelly's assertion backs up a recent report from CSN Philly that the Eagles will likely keep Kendricks. The team sees him as an insurance policy to DeMeco Ryans, who is recovering from a season-ending Achilles injury suffered in 2014.

Speculation has existed this offseason that the Eagles might trade Kendricks. One report suggested the Eagles were seeking a second round pick for Kendricks. If Kelly is to be taken at his word, Kendricks won't be going anywhere.

With Kendricks staying, the Eagles have a bit of a logjam at starting linebacker. Along with Ryans returning, the Eagles acquired Kiko Alonso in a trade with the Buffalo Bills earlier this offseason. It will be interesting to see how the inside linebacker rotation plays out.