Jan 23, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (62) during NFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles, C Jason Kelce agree to new deal for 2021

Oct 20, 2018; Hattiesburg, MS, USA; UTSA Roadrunners head coach Frank Wilson (left) talks to head linesman Maia Chaka in the second half against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at M. M. Roberts Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles and All-Pro center Jason Kelce agreed to a restructured contract.

NFL Network reported the new deal covers the 2021 season.

Kelce, 33, will receive a guaranteed $9 million and can earn up to $12 million with incentives, per the report.

Kelce confirmed the restructuring in an Instagram post on Friday.

“Man, the first week of March 2021 is one for the record books!!!!” Kelce wrote. “Got to welcome baby #2 Elliotte Ray Kelce into the world, got my first dose of the Moderna Vaccine at the wonderful Puentes de Salud medical clinic, and restructured my contract to ensure I will continue to be the Center for the Philadelphia Eagles. 2021 already off to a better start!!”

A four-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time member of the All-Pro first team, Kelce started all 16 games for the sixth consecutive season and for the eighth time in his 10-year career in 2020.

He has played in 142 regular-season games (all starts) and seven postseason games, including the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, since Philadelphia drafted him in the sixth round in 2011 out of Cincinnati.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles intend to release WR Alshon Jeffery

Dec 22, 2020; Boca Raton, Florida, USA; Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (1) attempts a pass against the UCF Knights during the first half at FAU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles are cleaning house in the wide-receiver department with the intention to release Alshon Jeffery next month, NFL Network reported Monday.

The news comes just three days after the team released veteran wideout DeSean Jackson.

Hampered by offseason foot surgery, Jeffery caught just six passes for 115 yards and one touchdown in seven games as the Eagles went 4-11-1 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

In 46 games over four seasons with the Eagles, including a Super Bowl title to conclude the 2017 campaign, Jeffery had 171 receptions for 2,237 yards and 20 TDs. He had 12 receptions three touchdown catches in the 2017 playoffs.

According to the report, Jeffery officially will be released when the new NFL year begins in March. The move will knock off the final year of the 31-year-old’s four-year, $52 million extension he signed in 2017.

Jeffery, who played his first five seasons with the Chicago Bears, has 475 career receptions over 109 games for 6,786 yards and 46 TDs.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Phone ringing, Eagles listen to Carson Wentz offers

Multiple teams have checked in with the Philadelphia Eagles about potential trades for quarterback Carson Wentz, NFL Network reported Thursday.

The Eagles are in no hurry to deal their former starter, “but they did field the calls and discussed the issue,” per the report.

Interest in the 28-year-old Wentz has reportedly intensified since Matthew Stafford’s recent removal from the NFL trade block, with the former Detroit Lions quarterback on his way to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff plus two future first-round picks and a third-rounder.

Wentz and his agents have not formally requested a trade, according to the report.

He signed a four-year, $128 million extension in June 2019, but played poorly in 2020 and was benched by former head coach Doug Pederson in favor of second-round rookie Jalen Hurts.

Wentz completed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts (251 of 437) for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw a league-leading 15 interceptions (tied with Denver’s Drew Lock) in 12 starts while averaging a career-low 218.3 passing yards per game. He also ran for five touchdowns.

Hurts, 22, completed 52.0 percent of his passes (77 of 148) for 1,061 yards with six touchdowns and four picks. He also rushed 63 times for 354 yards with three scores.

At his introductory press conference last month, new head coach Nick Sirianni was asked about the QB controversy he inherited.

“We have two quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts that are top notch quarterbacks,” he said. “A lot of teams don’t have any, and so I’m really excited to work with both of them.”

Asked if Wentz would be back in 2021, along with his cap hit of $34.7 million, Sirianni responded, “I can’t answer that.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) and Carson Wentz (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Eagles hiring Florida’s Brian Johnson as QBs coach

The Philadelphia Eagles are hiring Florida offensive coordinator Brian Johnson as quarterbacks coach, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

Joining the staff of new head coach Nick Sirianni, Johnson will be asked to help revive a passing attack that finished 28th in the NFL last year as Philadelphia benched an ineffective Carson Wentz in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts.

Johnson, 33, has built a reputation in the college ranks as something of a quarterback whisperer.

Before helping the Gators’ Kyle Trask develop into a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2020, he previously worked with Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott at Mississippi State from 2014-15 and with D’Eriq King at Houston in 2017. King later transferred to Miami (Fla.).

Wentz, who carries a $34.7 million cap hit in 2021, regressed mightily in his fifth NFL season. His 57.4 completion percentage and 72.8 passer rating were career lows, and his 15 interceptions and 50 sacks were career highs.

Former coach Doug Pederson benched the former Pro Bowl selection in December in favor of Hurts, the second-round draft pick from Oklahoma. Hurts was 1-3 as the starter, completing 52.0 percent of his passes for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns and four picks while rushing for 354 yards and three scores.

–Field Level Media

Aug 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles interviewing Colts OC Nick Sirianni

The Philadelphia Eagles are meeting Tuesday with Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni about their head coaching vacancy, ESPN reported.

Sirianni, 39, has held that position for the last three seasons with the Colts following five seasons as an assistant with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2013-17) and four with the Kansas City Chiefs (2009-12).

Indianapolis went 11-5 during the 2020 regular season and lost 27-24 to the Buffalo Bills in the wild-card round. Sirianni’s offense ranked ninth in the NFL in scoring and 10th in total offense (11th in passing and 11th in rushing).

The Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson earlier this month after a five-year run that included a 42-37-1 record and Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl championship.

The Eagles are looking for a coach who can help veteran quarterback Carson Wentz bounce back from a dreadful season. Sirianni was the Chargers’ quarterbacks coach from 2014-15 and the Chiefs’ assistant QBs coach in 2010.

Other candidates linked to the Philadelphia vacancy include Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge (left) talks with wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Judge fires away after Eagles’ loss KO’d Giants

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge did not hold back Monday, one day after the Philadelphia Eagles appeared to throw away a chance to defeat the Washington Football Team, ending the Giants’ last chance at making the playoffs.

With one last playoff spot to be decided Sunday night, Washington nabbed it with a 20-14 victory in a game where Eagles head coach Doug Pederson decided to make a second-half switch from starting quarterback Jalen Hurts to Nate Sudfeld, who had not thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2018. The Giants were poised to advance with an Eagles victory.

Judge was not amused.

“To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success in the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything they can to help those players win, we will never do that as long as I am the head coach of the New York Giants.” Judge said.

Judge never actually mentioned the Eagles by name, but he hardly had to.

Pederson said afterward he was coaching to win the game, but the Eagles did benefit in defeat, landing the No. 6 overall selection in next year’s NFL draft.

During a trying 2020 season, Judge referenced Giants players who decided to “opt in” and play, while honoring the sacrifices that the decision required.

“To me, you don’t ever want to disrespect those players and their effort and disrespect the game,” Judge said. “The sacrifices that they made to come into work every day and test before coming in, to sit in meetings spaced out, to wear masks and have shields over those masks, to go through extensive protocols, to travel in unconventional ways, to get text messages at 6:30 in the morning telling them practice was going to be canceled (and) we have to do a virtual day.”

Judge went a step further, mentioning the sacrifices that fell on the families of the players.

“To tell (players) please don’t have your family over for Thanksgiving, please avoid Christmas gatherings, we know it’s your wife’s birthday, let’s make sure we put that one off until the offseason,” Judge said. “There’s a number of sacrifices made by all the players and coaches in this league. There’s a number of sacrifices that comes along as well with the family members and people connected to them.”

The Giants did have a chance to earn their way to the playoffs on the field, but won just six games all season, including three defeats in the last four games. New York did go 2-0 against the Washington Football Team, but Washington was able to win the NFC East with just seven victories.

“So we’re not going to make excuses as an organization, not now, not ever,” Judge said about the team’s fate falling to a game between division rivals. “We had our opportunities.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs with the ball against Washington Football Team linebacker Cole Holcomb (55) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Washington beats Philadelphia to win NFC East

Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes and the Washington Football Team won the NFC East with a 20-14 victory Sunday night against the host Philadelphia Eagles in the final game of the 2020 regular season.

Washington (7-9) clinched the No. 4 seed in the NFC playoffs and will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a wild-card game on Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. ET. It is Washington’s first division title and first playoff appearance since the 2015 season.

First-year Washington head coach Ron Rivera’s team is the first to make the playoffs with a sub-.500 record since Rivera’s 2014 Carolina Panthers won the NFC South at 7-8-1.

Had the Eagles (4-11-1) won, the New York Giants would have been the division champions after beating the Dallas Cowboys 23-19 earlier Sunday.

Back after missing two games with a calf injury, Smith improved to 5-1 as a starter this season as he completed 22 of 32 passes for 162 yards with two interceptions.

Rookie Jalen Hurts, in his fourth start for the Eagles, completed 7 of 20 passes for 72 yards and an interception and rushed for 34 yards and two touchdowns.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson made the Giants fans watching at home miserable with some questionable decisions in the second half.

With two minutes left in a scoreless third quarter, Philadelphia passed up a chip-shot field goal that could have tied the game at 17-17. The Eagles opted to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 4, but Hurts’ pass to Quez Watkins fell incomplete.

Pederson then replaced Hurts with Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter. Sudfeld was intercepted on his second pass, then fumbled the snap on his second series and Chase Young recovered for Washington. That set up a 42-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins that made it 20-14 with 7:46 left.

The Washington defense, which has held seven straight opponents under 21 points, registered three sacks, forced three turnovers and held Philadelphia to 216 yards of offense.

After entering the game with zero points all season on its opening possession, Washington drove 91 yards in 15 plays and led 7-0 on Smith’s 5-yard pass to Terry McLaurin with 4:19 left in the first quarter. Hopkins’ 42-yard field goal made it 10-0 two minutes later.

The Eagles grabbed momentum and a 14-10 lead with two TD runs by Hurts in the second quarter. He scrambled right for a 6-yard score to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive, then scrambled left for 6 yards to finish a 65-yard drive with 3:54 left in the half.

Twenty seconds before halftime, Smith found a leaping Logan Thomas in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown to retake the lead at 17-14.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Pederson expected to remain coach of Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to retain coach Doug Pederson for a sixth season in 2021, despite a sub-.500 record since leading the team to its lone Super Bowl title, according to multiple reports Saturday.

Pederson is scheduled to meet with owner Jeffrey Lurie on Tuesday, according to ESPN. Late last month, Pederson told SportsRadio 94 WPI in Philadelphia that he wasn’t expecting to be fired.

“I feel fully confident to be the head coach of the Eagles in 2021,” Pederson said. “The thing I’m most proud of this football team, we have been in the postseason three of the last five years since I’ve been here and that’s pretty good.”

The Eagles conclude their season Sunday night against the Washington Football Team. With a 4-10-1 record, the Eagles are assured of their second losing record in Pederson’s five seasons. They are 22-24-1 since the win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII following the 2017 season.

Pederson’s return to the sidelines, though, seemingly will come with changes to his coaching staff. Already it appears defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has chosen to allow his contract to expire, according to an NFL Network report Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 27, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles DC Schwartz won’t coach in 2021

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is contemplating retirement and will not coach in 2021, NFL Network reported Saturday.

Schwartz, 54, is finishing his fifth season with the Eagles and intends to allow his contract to expire after Sunday night’s season finale against the Washington Football Team, according to the report.

He has been coaching in the NFL since 1993, including a head coaching stint with the Detroit Lions from 2009-13 (29-51 record). The Eagles won Super Bowl LII after the 2017 season, his second year on head coach Doug Pederson’s staff.

Schwartz was a candidate for the Cleveland Browns’ head coaching vacancy last year, a position that went to Kevin Stefanski.

Schwartz has dealt with multiple health issues off the field, including recent hip and eye surgeries, and is ready to “step away from the daily grind, at least in the short term,” per the report.

–Field Level Media