Report: Eagles looking to trade linebacker Mychal Kendricks


According to a report from Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice, the Eagles could well be looking to move on from linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Kempski stated the following in an article earlier today:

According to a source, the Philadelphia Eagles are willing to move on from Mychal Kendricks this offseason, and it is anticipated that teams around the league will have interest in acquiring Kendricks via a trade.

This may seem like common sense to some but was expected by many. With a $6.6M cap hit facing the Eagles and a tough year that saw the linebacker play just 26% of defensive snaps, Kendricks appeared to fall out of favor under the new defensive regime led by Jim Schwartz.

Kendricks was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has since racked up 382 tackles (26 for a loss), 12 sacks, 3 interceptions and 20 pass breakups to go with 6 forced fumbles. A new scheme in 2016 saw Kendricks complete a career-low 36 tackles and for the first time in his career, he failed to attain a single sack.

The Eagles seemed perfectly content with using the nickel formation more often than not..leaving both Mychal Kendricks and Stephen Tulloch on the sidelines. A blitzing linebacker at heart, the former Cal pass rusher found himself being utilized in minimal fashion under Schwartz.

Once considered a big part of this defense, Mychal Kendricks has now become expendable. The good news is for the Eagles that there is absolutely reason to believe Kendricks still has a lot left in the tank, he just happens to be in the wrong system and sat behind the wrong linebackers on the depth chart.


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