Mychal Kendricks Signed To Extension
The Eagles signed inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a four-year, $29 million contract extension, with $16.4 million guaranteed.
Jay Glazer first reported the signing, while Adam Caplan first reported the figures. The Eagles confirmed that Kendricks, whose rookie deal was set to expire at the end of the 2015 season, is now under contract through 2019.
Chip Kelly said before training camp that Kendricks wasn’t going anywhere this year, and now it looks like the linebacker won’t go anywhere for several years. According to Caplan, the maximum Kendricks can earn is $31.5 million. Caplan also added that the linebacker will earn $16 million over the next two seasons.
“It feels amazing,” Kendricks told the team website. “All of the hard work went toward the end goal, which was to reach a second contract and now it’s here. It feels really nice. I think security is a big thing, and the fact that it’s done early, I can have peace of mind and just go out there and play the game that I love … It’s a special day.”
Despite missing four games last season, Kendricks was second on the team with 108 tackles and tied for third with three forced fumbles. The linebacker tallied 16 tackles against the Seahawks, a season-high for any Eagle. In 2013, Kendricks became the third Eagle ever to record at least four sacks and three interceptions in a single season.
While injuries have decimated the Eagles’ depth at outside linebacker, they appear to have significant depth at inside linebacker. In addition to Kendricks, they have Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans and 2015 third-round draft pick Jordan Hicks.