Philadelphia Eagles fans finally have something to celebrate this offseason. On Monday, veteran center Jason Kelce announced he would be returning for the 2023 season, forgoing retirement yet again.
This will be Kelce’s 13th consecutive season with the Eagles.
Jason Kelce will return to Eagles for 2023 season. pic.twitter.com/HPKIWix2y4
— NFL (@NFL) March 13, 2023
JASON KELCE CONFIRMS ANOTHER YEAR IN PHILLY
Just weeks after Kelce and the Eagles lost to the Kansas City Chiefs (and his brother, Travis), during Super Bowl LVII, the team was facing a rough round of free agency. With 20 players with expiring contracts, including Jason Kelce, fans were left in limbo wondering who would return.
Despite the massacre on the Eagles defense that took place on Monday, Kelce gave fans hope, announcing he would return for another year.
“I have put much thought into whether it makes sense to play another season. After talking it over with my wife and many other friends and family, I have decided to return for another year. Thank you to all my supporters and detractors for fueling me. I ain’t f–king done yet!”
Since joining the Eagles in 2011, Kelce has been a staple in Philadelphia. The 35-year-old hasn’t missed a regular season game since 2014 and was an integral part in both Super Bowl games (2018 and 2022). Kelce is also a five-time First-Team All-Pro and a six-time Pro Bowler. This season, he didn’t allow a single sack of quarterback hit, according to Pro Football Focus.
Off the field, Kelce extensively contributes to charities throughout the city, and embodies the true grit and grind that is Philadelphia’s work ethic.
Though the center can’t officially re-sign with the Eagles until Wednesday, March 15, Eagles fans are ecstatic. And, so was general manager Howie Roseman, who celebrated with Kelce by taking shots. The pair cheered to “Vegas, baby!” — where the 2023-2024 Super Bowl will take place.
Howie's reaction to Jason Kelce giving him the news is fantastic 😂👏 pic.twitter.com/ka67RZPLw8
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) March 13, 2023
There’s no word on what Kelce’s one-year deal will be as of yet.