It seems like Kendricks has played his entire career with trade rumors looming, but now more than ever is the possibility of playing in a different uniform. For a multitude of reasons, Mychal Kendricks name has once again been thrown around as a possible trade chip during this year’s draft. But Why? Here are your top three reasons.
Lack of Picks
For the first time since 1977, the Eagles will not have a pick on day two of the NFL Draft (Rounds 2-3). They will also have less than seven selections for the just the fourth time since 2000. Howie Roseman is a draft day dealer and could look to move Kendricks in order to either move up or acquire additional picks this weekend. Yet it’s not just a lack or picks that could catapult Mikey out of Philadelphia.
Salary Cap Issues
Besides the history of injuries and confirmation of Kendricks wanting a trade before the last offseason, The Eagles could save some serious cash by moving on. According to OverTheCap.com, after reconstructing a few contracts ahead of the draft, the Eagles have just under $6 million in cap space. The veteran linebacker currently holds the 7th highest cap number on the team at $7.6 Million making him an easy target, especially when considering the final reasoning.
Roster and Scheme
Although Kendricks bounced back to have a very productive year, there’s a reason why he sees the field less than 60% of the time. The Eagles are often in single-high safety and bring an additional corner onto the field. With a weakness in pass coverage, the Eagles went out and signed former Denver Linebacker Corey Nelson to take over the coverage role from Kendricks thus making him expendable once again. To say the least, the linebacking depth is beginning to get crowded for a team who’s tendency is to have just two LBs on the field at a time.
After signing Nigel Bradham to a contract extension an adding two veterans via free agency, it seems like the writing is on the wall for number 95, especially when the Eagles could potentially select his replacement this weekend in order to get younger and cheaper at the position.
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