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What the Eagles should do at center

Eagles roster outlook: position-by-position.

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The 2019 NFL offseason has begun for the Philadelphia Eagles, which means Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson will spend the next couple of weeks evaluating the 2018 roster. It’s time to start figuring out what this team needs to do to get back to the Super Bowl. Today we’ll continue this roster outlook series by looking at the center position.



Regular season stats: 1037 snaps, 16 starts, 1st out of 39 centers graded by PFF, 0 sacks allowed, 2 hits allowed, 8 hurries allowed, 6 penalties

Playoff stats: 116 snaps, 2 starts, 7th out of 12 centers graded by PFF, 0 sacks allowed, 0 hits allowed, 1 hurry allowed, 0 penalties

Review: Kelce earned the following honors for the second year in a row: AP All-Pro first team, PFWA All-NFL team, PFF All-Pro first team. He’s the best center in the league.

Outlook: Earlier this month, it was reported that Kelce might retire this offseason. Kelce didn’t rule out the possibility when asked about the report, but he said he hadn’t made a final decision either way. The guess here is that Kelce will play at least one more season but I could be wrong. If Kelce does retire, the Eagles will save $6.5 million in cap space with zero penalty since there’s no more guaranteed money in his contract. Maybe the Eagles will try to alter his contract to give him more financial security and convince him to stay. Kelce retiring would obviously be a big loss for the team, both on and off the field.


Jason Kelce: Stay or go?

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  • 98%
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  • 1%
    (34 votes)
2581 votes total Vote Now


Review: We already discussed Wis in the guard position review. I’ll just note here that he had to fill in for Kelce for most of the Week 11 Saints game.

Outlook: If Kelce retires, Wis could potentially be the Eagles’ starting center in 2019.


Stefen Wisniewski: Stay or go?

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  • 92%
    (3370 votes)
  • 7%
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Review: We already discussed Seumalo in the guard position review. I’ll just note here that Seumalo took a lot of 2018 offseason reps at center.

Outlook: It’s possible that Seumalo could be Kelce’s long-term replacement at center.


Isaac Seumalo: Stay or go?

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  • 87%
    (3109 votes)
  • 12%
    (439 votes)
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Review: The Eagles signed Fabiano to their practice squad on November 20. Then they signed the 25-year-old to a reserve/future contract once the season ended.

Outlook: Fabiano will try to compete for a roster spot as a backup interior offensive lineman.


Anthony Fabiano: Stay or go?

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  • 36%
    (588 votes)
  • 63%
    (1007 votes)
1595 votes total Vote Now


Don’t see it happening.


I’ll repeat what I said yesterday: Seumalo and Wisniewski will both be free agents after the 2019 season. Kelce could also be retired by then. It’d serve the Eagles well to select another guard/center type at some point in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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