This could be the end of an era for three members of the Philadelphia Eagles’ staff.
Jalen Hurts barely played, Nate Sudfeld got the start and the Eagles lost 20-14. It was about as sad and embarrassing an end to the season as you could imagine.
Nothing captured the fall-from-grace this season has been for Eagles more than an image of Carson Wentz, Jason Kelce, and Zach Ertz after the loss.
As the clock rolled past 1 a.m. — more than two hours after the game ended — the trio remained on the sideline talking to each other in the rain. It truly felt like a going to see the ocean one last time moment for three players who know they likely won’t be in the same locker room in 2021.
Eagles could be starting fresh this offseason
Wentz was a healthy scratch in the season finale after earlier this season being benched in favor of the second-round pick out of Oklahoma. According to league sources, the former No.2 overall pick still plans to ask for a trade in the offseason due to his relationship with Pederson.
The Eagles stated they would retain Pederson for the 2021 season.
Ertz, who was entering a contract season, seems to be heading out the door following the team’s inability to reach a deal. The 30-year-old tight end is only one of 12 tight ends in league history to have more than 550 receptions all-time.
Kelce, 33, has admitted to contemplating retirement for quite some time. After a 4-11-1 season, one offseason isn’t going to change the issues on the offensive line. Does Kelce want to be a part of a rebuild?
The Eagles are at a crossroads that only time will tell if they can bounce back. This offseason will be about building for now, but which veterans are a part of that plan?
As the three walked off the field for the final time this season, it’s clear they left a message on the way out. Change is inevitable and it’s coming.