PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Jason Kelce, Stefen Wisniewski, and Isaac Seumalo. The Eagles are certainly not short at the center position.
On Monday morning, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Saints’ two-time Pro Bowl 31-year-old center Max Unger has suffered a foot injury and is “expected to miss the start of the 2017.”
This has naturally created trade speculation between the Saints and Eagles. New Orleans’ general manager Mickey Loomis and Howie Roseman are certainly not afraid to do business together (see: Darren Sproles in 2014).
Kelce, 29, the expected Eagles’ starting center, is under contract through 2020. Kelce has a $6.2 million cap hit in 2017, with a dead money amount of just $2.4 million if released, and has already been in trade rumors during the offseason. In 2018, his cap hit goes up to $7.2 million and his dead money goes down to just $1.2 million.
Seumalo, 23, is in the second-year of his rookie deal.
Wisniewski, 28, signed a three-year extension with the Eagles worth about $8 million ($3.5 million guaranteed) this offseason.
So what could the Eagles seek in return for one of their centers? The Saints have all of their 2018 draft picks, except their second round pick. They also have running back Mark Ingram in a suddenly crowded backfield which included Adrian Peterson.
CrossingBroad reports the Eagles and Saints have discussed a Kelce for Ingram swap.