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January 22, 2019

Eagles stay or go: Interior offensive line

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Brandon Brooks' injury could affect how the Eagles view their 2019 interior offensive line this offseason.

The Philadelphia Eagles' 2018 season is over, and there will be a lot of interesting decisions made on the players currently on the roster, perhaps more so than in most years. Let's take a position-by-position look at who will likely be back with the team in 2019, and who won't. 

Previous stay or go positional analysis

Quarterback Running back Wide receiver | Tight end | Offensive tackle

Today we'll look at the interior offensive line.

Jason Kelce

A couple weeks ago, a report -- not mine, to be clear ;) -- stated that Kelce was likely to retire at the end of this season. After the Eagles' loss to the Saints, Kelce acknowledged that he has pondered retirement, and has for years, but was clear that no such decision had been made yet.

Kelce is, in my opinion, the best center in the NFL. If he is not around in 2019, interior offensive line help would immediately become a major priority this offseason, though his importance to the team would be almost impossible to replace.

#JimmyVerdict: I think he plays at least one more season.

Your verdict:

Brandon Brooks

Brooks had another very good season and was rewarded with a second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, in the Eagles' divisional round loss to the Saints, Brooks ruptured his Achilles, had surgery, and is going to be spending his offseason in rehab.

Realistically, that's a nine-month injury, which would put Brooks' potential return up against the start of the 2019 season. Obviously, he's going to be the starting RG whenever he returns, but his situation could affect how the Eagles will view the interior OL spots this offseason.

#JimmyVerdict: Stay.

Your verdict:

Isaac Seumalo

Seumalo replaced Stefen Wisniewski in the starting lineup at LG because they valued his length and athleticism. While I didn't think that was a major upgrade, I do think it ultimately turned out to be the right move, as Seumalo played well enough, and looks like a competent starter going forward.

#JimmyVerdict: Stay.

Your verdict:

Stefen Wisniewski

Before Brooks got hurt and it was revealed that Kelce considered retirement, I would have said that Wisniewski was likely not to be with the team in 2019 as a backup, set to count for $3,708,334 against the salary cap. However, with Brooks potentially not being ready for the start of the 2019 season, the Eagles are likely to keep Wis around a while longer.

#JimmyVerdict: Stay.

Your verdict:

Matt Pryor

Prior is a massive human being with some athleticism who was a sixth-round pick of the Eagles in the 2018 NFL Draft. He had an excellent training camp, impressively taking on a lot of mental reps, playing both RG and RT. However, he struggled in the preseason games, and was on the team's inactive list for 17 or 18 games.

Still, like Jordan Mailata, Pryor has plenty of upside, and has been groomed for a year in the Eagles' system.

#JimmyVerdict: Stay.

Your verdict:

Chance Warmack

Warmack was a deep reserve who only played 49 snaps in 2018. With Pryor having been in the system for a year, he can likely take the place of Warmack, at a cheaper cost. 

#JimmyVerdict: Go.

Your verdict:

#JimmyVerdict Stay or Go Results

Green = Stay

Red = Go

Orange = Will be back in camp in 2019, but a roster spot is not guaranteed

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 QBCarson Wentz Nick Foles Nate Sudfeld  
 RB Jay AjayiCorey Clement Darren Sproles  
 RB (cont.)Wendell Smallwood Josh Adams Boston Scott  
 WR Alshon JefferyMike Wallace  Nelson AgholorGolden Tate 
 WR (cont.)Mack Hollins Shelton Gibson Jordan Matthews  
 TE Zach ErtzDallas Goedert Richard Rodgers Josh Perkins 
 OT Jason PetersLane Johnson Halapoulivaati Vaitai Jordan Mailata 
 OGBrandon Brooks Isaac Seumalo Chance Warmack Matt Pryor 
 C Jason KelceStefen Wisniewski   
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