By Sarah Berkowitz
Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks has come a long way since last March.
He was presumed to be trade bait because Supreme Leader Chip Kelly thought he was too small.
Then, in training camp he has suffered an injury that has kept him out of the first two games.
The team announced yesterday that it has completed a four-year extension with Kendricks, a deal that will keep the inside linebacker with the team through 2019.
According to reports the deal will total over $30 million, including the $1.4 million he will make this year and have $16 million in guaranteed money.
Kendricks, a second-round draft pick in 2012, has 264 tackles, nine sacks and three interceptions in his three years with the team.
He was set to become a free agent at the end of this season.
Although he missed four games with a calf injury last season, Kendricks has played in 42 of a possible 48 games since being drafted.
Signing Kendricks through 2019 gives the Eagles a trio of inside linebackers to build around — Kendricks, Kiko Alonso and rookie Jordan Hicks.
The writing appeared to be on the wall for Kendricks, who was reportedly shopped during the 2015 NFL Draft, and told reporters at the beginning of training camp that he had not had any contact with the Eagles about a contract extension.
Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.