While Eagles All-Pro center Jason Kelce has yet to officially announce his retirement, ESPN's Adam Schefter said the 36-year-old “clearly emotional” following Philadelphia's loss in the wild card round and that an announcement is expected at some point.
That's why NFL.com's Chad Reuter thinks the Eagles will be aggressive with him latest trial design and trade up to land Kelce's replacement.
Philadelphia currently holds the 22nd pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, but Reuter believes he will make a deal with Seattle to give Oregon center Jackson Powers-Johnson the 16th pick.
“The first round will not officially begin until Philadelphia makes a trade.” Reuter writes. “The Seahawks trade a first-rounder with the Eagles and send them a third-round pick in exchange for a second- and fifth-rounder. Powers-Johnson steps in for future Hall of Famer Jason Kelce.”
Powers-Johnson has been climbing the ranks since an impressive week in Mobile, Ala., at the 2024 Senior Bowl, where he was seen taking down several of the draft's top defensive players in one-on-one scrimmages.