Philadelphia Eagles News, April 30: NFL World Reacts to Jason Kelce’s ESPN Gig, 2024 NFL Draft Grade Handed Out, and More

What were the reactions for Jason Kelce's new job? The former center's ESPN gig, plus James Bradberry's future, headline Eagles news today.

The Philadelphia Eagles carried their aggressive roster adding philosophy into the 2024 NFL Draft. The franchise turned its attention to addressing the defense, notably the secondary, during the three-day event.

They made these moves in the post-Jason Kelce era, as the retired center has an upcoming new role ahead of the 2024 NFL season.

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Kelce’s role, including the NFL world reactions, Philly’s grades from the weekend spectacle, plus cornerback James Bradberry suddenly facing a cloudy future, all spearhead today’s Eagles news.

NFL World Reacts to Jason Kelce Heading to ESPN

The Super Bowl-winning center with the Eagles now has his first post-NFL job lined up.

Kelce agreed to a new contract with ESPN, first reported Monday by Andrew Marchand of The Athletic. It’s currently not known how many years are in the deal or how much Kelce will earn in a broadcasting role. Marchand noted that Kelce is slated to land on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” ahead of MNF games.

That could mean he’ll team with Robert Griffin III, who shared his excitement for Kelce on X (formerly known as Twitter).

“Welcome to the Team Brother!” was part of Griffin’s post to Kelce, which included a statue suggestion.

Pomp Investments entrepreneur Joe Pompliano is another who likes ESPN’s decision to add Kelce.

“Jason Kelce will be fantastic on Monday Night Countdown. And when you add in Nick Saban and Bill Belichick (via Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions), ESPN is having a hell of an NFL offseason, too,” Pompliano said.

Even Eagles sideline reporter and radio personality Howard Eskin believes Kelce will thrive in his new role.

CONTINUE READING: Eagles Legend Joining Monday Night Countdown

James Bradberry Nearing Exit After Eagles Draft?

Philly reloaded the secondary in impressive fashion through its first two selections, swooping up Quinyon Mitchell during the first round and Cooper DeJean after.

But as Pro Football Network’s Nick Faria noted Monday, this could mean a potential major change in the secondary: James Bradberry facing a release. Bradberry was already in hot water following a disappointing ’23 performance.

“The former Panther and Giant gave up a 108.3 passer rating, along with nine touchdowns and five penalties. He was repeatedly picked on and gave up over 100 yards receiving in Philadelphia’s 32-9 playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” Faria wrote. “Making matters worse was his tackling took a true nosedive last season.”

The additions of the highly-touted draft picks has further complicated Bradberry’s future.

“Now, with Mitchell and DeJean in the mix, the Eagles have a crowded room and not enough roster spots to hold everyone. Depending on how both youngsters fair early on, it’s safe to assume one or both will be starting Week 1,” Faria said.

Bradberry is currently on a three-year deal worth $38 million that includes $20 million guaranteed. Faria adds that if Philly makes Bradberry a post-June 1 release, the team would only manage to lower his dead cap charge to just over $4 million and around $11 million for 2025.

But again, Bradberry is facing a nebulous future after the NFL Draft.

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Did Eagles Pull Off Draft “Masterclass?”

Meanwhile, the additions of Mitchell and Dejean earned high praise across the league. Did those moves earn Philly a high grade, though?

Pro Football Network’s Oliver Hodgkinson handed out grades for the Eagles Monday — from individual grades of each pick to Philadelphia’s overall report card. Long story short, each player earned higher than a “C.”

Hodgkinson also used the word “masterclass” to describe general manager Howie Roseman’s draft tactics.

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“At the risk of sounding sycophantic, the 2024 NFL Draft was another masterclass from Howie Roseman,” Hodgkinson began. “Looking at individual grades for each pick, the overall grade is likely closer to a B+ than the A- we’ve given it here. However, you have to take into account the sheer value of the first two picks that the Eagles made in Detroit.

“Quinyon Mitchell can be a lockdown corner in the league, and the value in landing Cooper DeJean with the 40th overall pick while moving around the board like Garry Kasparov was something spectacular.”

Hodgkinson only pointed out one flaw from this draft class — the lack of high-profile offensive line additions. But overall, the Eagles earned an “A-” from the draft analyst.

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