The Philadelphia Eagles have had a rough stretch. Earlier this week, the Eagles suffered a bad playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, the news got even worse for Philadelphia after the game.
There was a lot of speculation that Eagles C Jason Kelce was going to retire after the game. To go further, some reports claimed that he already told his teammates this. Now, Kelce addresses these rumors.
Jason Kelce Clears Up Rumors
Jason Kelce recorded an episode of his “New Heights” podcast with his brother, Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce. During that episode, rumors about Jason’s retirement came up. Jason addressed this during one segment with the following:
“Nick (Sirianni) kinda gave me an opportunity to talk. I didn’t announce what I was doing on purpose despite I guess what has been linked to the media.”
In other words, Jason Kelce debunked the reports from after the game that he told his teammates that he was retiring. However, he did not provide a clear answer as to what he was going to do next year either. Jason emphasized that he needed time to process this decision and that immediately after a playoff loss was the wrong time to do that. He commented on that saying:
“I just don’t think you’re in a position after a game like that to really make that decision. There’s too much emotion in the moment to really fully grasp that decision.”
Philadelphia Eagles’ Problems
The Philadelphia Eagles certainly have issues to address this offseason. After starting this season 10-1, the Eagles lost six of their last seven games. It even led to an Eagles fan physically attacking head coach Nick Sirianni after the playoff loss. If that wasn’t enough, there has been reported drama centering around star WR A.J. Brown. Kelce will have to take all of that into consideration as he decides whether to end his own NFL career.
Jason Kelce Moving Forward
Later in his podcast, Kelce made it clear that if he is going to retire, it will be definitive and that we will not be left guessing. He also wants to do it in a way that pays respect to everyone who has helped him get to this point. However, there is still a chance that this playoff loss will be his final NFL game. If that ends up being the case, Kelce seems content to go out on those terms:
“A lot of guys were like, if that is your last game, I feel sorry for you. And I’m like… don’t feel sorry for me mother f*****.”
Jason Kelce then appeared to take a moment to process all of that and held back stronger emotions. Travis concluded the segment by saying:
“Hell yeah, brother. Hell yeah, man.”