With Kelce Down, A Look At the Eagles’ Options

It’s not yet determined whether Jason Kelce is lost for the season, but the Eagles will be without their center for at least a month while his torn MCL heals. While Dallas Reynolds will take over in the interim, it makes sense that a move would be made to add depth.

Here is a list of the top available free agent centers, via Adam Caplan at The Sideline View.

Jason Brown 
Casey Wiegmann
Steve Vallos 
Jamaal Jackson
Matt Tennant
Andre Gurode 
Chris Morris 
Chris White
Brett Romberg
Bryan Mattison 

Lots of Eagles fans have asked about Jackson for obvious reasons. He was a quality player for the Eagles before injury and a scheme change altered his path. Offensive line coach Howard Mudd never seemed to be a big fan of Jackson, and it’s hard to envision the Eagles bringing the 32-year-old back at this stage. As of Monday morning, there had been no contact between Jackson and the Eagles.

The same goes for Wiegmann, who had started in 160 straight games for the Broncos and Chiefs heading into this season but has yet to find  a home. The 39-year old has 16 season of NFL experience.

The most likely candidates out of this group are the ones that have recent history with the Eagles: Vallos and Vandervelde.

Vallos is the guess here for who the Eagles will go after. Originally drafted in the seventh round by the Seahawks back in 2007, the 6-3, 310-pounder bounced from the Seahwaks to the Browns before signing a one-year deal with the Eagles this offseason. He was left off the final roster, but seemed to have a decent camp.

Vandervelde is currently on the Bucs’ practice squad. He was a fifth-round pick of the Eagles last season and was a casualty on cut-down day.



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  • NYCbirds

    Yikes. Gurode is best known for Haynesworth stepping on his face.

  • Jason Brown was almost an Eagle before he signed with STL. Does he or Gurode have anything left? They were at least good at one point….

  • Whoever they get will probably look like a lumberjack to fit Mudd’s player type.

  • AJ King

    Gurode was a pro bowl center,….. I sign Jackson and Vandevelde, release Menkin.
    Reynolds should start though.

  • oshow

    Gurode played well for the Ravens last year… he knows the division from his time in Dallas

  • ICDogg

    I also think it will be Vallos. I think he’s the most obvious candidate. He has knowledge of the system, he has the right size and a decent amount of raw ability. Would be a solid choice.

    Vandervelde is probably the better guard, but he is such a bad snapper it is reminiscent of Nick Cole.