By Mary Cunningham
Eagles fans have come to expect that, under Supreme Leader Chip Kelly, anything is possible.
For two months, the lemmings in the local media were reporting that LB Mychal Kendricks was on the trading block because Kelly didn’t think he was big enough.
And then the draft took place last week, and the Birds didn’t make a trade, so:
Guess who reportedly showed up on the practice field yesterday? Mychal Kendricks!
Kendricks opted out of the first phase of the Eagles’ offseason workout program and found his way into the swirl of trade rumors that enveloped the team leading up to the draft.
The Eagles never wound up making the big jump up the draft board in the first round with a package including Kendricks, though, and coach Chip Kelly said after the first round ended that he expected Kendricks to be with the team as they move forward toward the 2015 season.
The next step was the start of the second phase of workouts, which include on-field work, on Monday and Kendricks decided to make an appearance. According to multiple reports, Kendricks was at the team’s facility and taking part in the session with his teammates for the first time this offseason.
Kendricks joins Kiko Alonso and DeMeco Ryans at inside linebacker for the Eagles and that depth is part of the reason why Kendricks’s name came up in trade chatter in the first place. It’s also why there’s probably still a chance for a deal if someone should make Chip Kelly an appealing offer down the road before Kendricks starts the final year of his contract with Philly.