The Eagles have plenty of holes to address this offseason, but center will not be one of them. Longtime starter Jason Kelce announced Thursday in a video for the Eagles that he will return for the 2022 season, his 11th in the NFL. The 34-year-old Kelce, who has openly pondered retirement in recent years, was expected to return for at least one more season, as The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in February. Now, it’s official, with Kelce saying he’s “having way too much fun” playing for the Eagles.
“(I) got a lot of questions on the air yesterday about my future,” Kelce said in the video. “So I decided I’d clear it up right now. Unfortunately, I’ve decided to announce that I’m retiring … from hosting WIP. But I’m definitely not retiring from playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. I’m having way too much fun doing that. Looking forward to another year, Philadelphia. To all my teammates: let’s go dominate.”
Kelce’s announcement video opens with the veteran lineman taking a drink from a beer keg — presumably the same one Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said he had shipped to the center’s house in a bid to keep the Pro Bowler around another year. It also confirms Philly will have more continuity at the heart of its line, which paved the way for the NFL’s top rushing offense in 2021. A four-time All-Pro, Kelce has played seven straight full seasons for Philadelphia, most notably helping guide the team to its first Super Bowl championship in 2017.
Kelce will have a chance to extend his streak of 122 consecutive regular-season games played by suiting up in 2022. No Eagles center has started that many consecutive games since the NFL’s 1970 merger, according to the team.