Coming off of a Super Bowl 52 win earlier this year, the Philadelphia Eagles have made many moves this offseason and lost some key pieces from the 2017-2018 team that made that Super Bowl victory possible. RB LaGarrette Blount and WR Torrey Smith were among the big name offseason casualties suffered by the Birds. Key losses are expected from a team coming off of a Super Bowl win. I understand that, but it still hurts to lose some of these players from last year’s team. LB Mychal Kendricks is the latest veteran to depart the squad. ESPN’s Adam Schefter (@AdamSchedter) reported the Eagles will be releasing the veteran linebacker. Kendricks has been at the middle of trade talks for multiple seasons. Kendricks was scheduled to make $7.6 million this season, which some speculate played a big part in the Eagles releasing him.
Kendricks asked to be released or traded last season when his playing time started to be shared between multiple linebackers. The Eagles declined to trade or release Kendricks at the time. Kendricks went on to be a key piece in the 2018 Super Bowl run. He finished the season with 51 tackles and 2 sacks. Kendricks’ time on the field last season only increased when linebacker Jordan Hicks went down due to an achilles rupture in October. Kendricks played 60% of defensive snaps after the injury to Hicks. Mychal Kendricks turns 28-years old in September. His skills on the field are not declining. Kendricks seems to have just reached his peak. Mychal Kendricks will not stay on the free agent market for long. Even at a price in the $7 million range, I don’t expect Kendricks to be unemployed for too long.