Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro continue our series examining the future of the world champion Eagles.
Roob: In the span of a year, Kelce has gone from a favorite whipping boy of fans to All-Pro center and legendary Super Bowl parade spokesman. Safe to say Kelce isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Give him credit for addressing his technique issues during the offseason and getting back to the point where he was one of the best centers in the NFL. Kelce was massive this year.
Dave: Remember when a bunch of fans wanted to run Kelce out of town? Not anymore. Now he's an All-Pro center at the top of his game. Kelce has been with the Eagles since 2011 and he is just now coming off his best NFL season. And he's still under contract through the 2020 season. If there are still any fans who don't like him, there's a really good chance Kelce doesn't bleeping care.
Roob: Whoever knows with Kendricks? Every year we expect the Eagles to get rid of him, and every year he's back. Kendricks had one heck of a bounce-back season this year and even though the big plays weren't really there, he played his most consistent brand of football from opening day through the Super Bowl. Kendricks has been here longer than everybody but Brent Celek, Jason Peters, Brandon Graham and Kelce, and I'd be surprised if he doesn't return for his seventh season in an Eagles uniform.
Dave: There was a time last winter when Kendricks requested a trade out of Philadelphia. Good thing the Eagles didn't give him what he wanted. Because once Jordan Hicks went down with an Achilles tear, the Eagles really relied on Nigel Bradham and Kendricks to keep the defense together. During his six years with the Eagles, Kendricks has had a pretty wild career. He was a second-round pick who started strong, got a huge deal, struggled, played less, wanted out, and now is a Super Bowl champion. Thanks to the contract extension he signed before the 2016 season, Kendricks is set to have a really high cap hit of $7.6 million this season and it rises to $8.6 million next year. It's just hard to imagine the Eagles moving on without another plan.
Roob: The Eagles like Killings enough that they gave him a significant pay raise when another team tried to snatch him off their practice squad. But where does he fit in? With Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, there isn't really room for another young corner. But Killings knows the defense and Jim Schwartz likes him. He has decent size and can run. If the Eagles get banged up at corner, he's a guy who could fill in right away.
Dave: Killings, who has about the best name ever for a defensive back, joined the Eagles' practice squad in October and stayed the rest of the way. The team brought him back on their 90-man roster already this offseason. I honestly don't know much about the former UCF corner, but I do know the cornerback position is pretty full.