Jason Kelce the latest Eagle to try and recruit Ezekiel Elliott

PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 07: Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce (62) looks on during the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles on November 7, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Jason Kelce the latest Eagle to try and recruit Ezekiel Elliott

First, Lane Johnson reacted to Ezekiel Elliott’s reported interest in joining the Philadelphia Eagles. He seemed on board. Then, Darius Slay added his two cents by hyping up the best offensive line in football.

Philly-born rapper Meek Mill even got in on the fun. But Elliott remains unsigned in free agency after getting released by the Dallas Cowboys on March 15. The two-time NFL rushing champion is going to find a new home at some point. It’s just a matter of when, where, and how much. The Eagles were listed as one of three teams on Elliott’s wish list, and a certain Mummers-wearing legend wouldn’t mind seeing him in midnight green.

Eagles legend Jason Kelce made a formal plea, perhaps poking fun at the process while doing it, for the team to ink Elliott on his “New Heights” podcast. He and his brother Travis joked that “tampering” rules couldn’t stop them.

“We’re tampering all over social media,” Jason Kelce said. “I’m for all the really good players coming to the Eagles for sure, and Zeke’s a really good player. I am not partaking in the recruiting but I guess I will now, ‘Zeke! Come to the Eagles!”

Jason and Travis also took a moment to share their appreciation for Lane Johnson, the four-time Pro Bowler who just received a $33.445 million contract extension. He is the best in the business at what he does.

“Worth every penny,” Travis said. “Worth every freakin’ penny.”

“He is. He’s the best right tackle in the league, arguably the best tackle all around in the league,” Jason Kelce said. “He also said he wanted to retire an Eagle. Lane and I have played together for over a decade so certainly happy he’s being compensated for the player that he is, and excited to go out there and play another year with him.”

Howie Roseman Guarantees to Never Trade Jason Kelce

The much-anticipated interview featuring Eagles general manager Howie Roseman finally aired on the “New Heights” podcast on March 29. It was so good that they turned into a two-parter, nearly an hour-long conversation between Jason and the guy who just handed him a $14.25 contract extension.

Roseman touched on a number of interesting topics, but let’s focus on the most important thing. He vowed to never trade Jason Kelce, joking that if he did half of Philly would chase him down with torches and pitchforks: “If I did that, would I be able to walk back into the City of Philadelphia ever again? No, no.”

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Philadelphia Eagles’ Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson, Howie Roseman, Fletcher Cox and Jason Kelce celebrate after the NFC Championship NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia. Roseman, the once-exiled executive who was cast aside for Chip Kelly for a year, returned to lead the Eagles to the franchise’s only Super Bowl title is back again after hitting rock bottom in 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Later in the interview, Roseman delivered a guarantee: “You’re not going to play anywhere else.”

Roseman also provided perspective on how contract talks went down between him and Kelce following the 2021 season. The Eagles were eliminated in the wild-card round of the playoffs that year: one and done. The Cincinnati product had been considering retirement before announcing he was coming back in 2022, via a beer keg announcement. Jason Kelce came back because he saw the potential. He believed in Roseman’s long-term vision.

“Who wants anything other than winning a championship? I said this to you after the Super Bowl last year. You trusted [me]. You weren’t coming back to go 9-8 and lose in the first round again. And, at the time you made that commitment, you didn’t know.

“You didn’t know how it was going to look. We talked about it and, at the end of the day, that trust with our players, from our staff, from our coaches, from Jeffrey [Lurie], that, to me, that’s it to me. That’s my responsbility. I have to make this player feel the way I’m feeling for him the way he’s feeling for me.”