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Eagles Extend LB Mychal Kendricks


The Eagles signed linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a four-year contract extension on Monday that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2019 season ...

Mychal Kendricks will be in the middle of the Eagles' defense for years to come.

On Monday evening, Kendricks signed a four-year contract extension, keeping him in Philadelphia through the 2019 season.

"It feels amazing," Kendricks said after signing the extension. "All of the hard work went toward the end goal, which was to reach a second contract and now it's here. It feels really nice. I think security is a big thing, and the fact that it's done early, I can have peace of mind and just go out there and play the game that I love ... It's a special day."

A second-round pick of the Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft, Kendricks has been an integral part of the Eagles' defense for the past three seasons. The athletic inside linebacker has started 40 of his 42 career games, tallying 333 total tackles, nine sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Despite missing four games last season, Kendricks was second on the team with 108 tackles and tied for third with three forced fumbles. Against Seattle, Kendricks racked up a season-best 16 tackles, the most by any Eagle in a single game all year. Kendricks' 2013 campaign was stellar, as he became just the third Eagle ever to post at least four sacks and three interceptions in a single season, joining William Thomas (1996) and Seth Joyner (1991 and 1992).

Kendricks' rookie contract was set to expire at the end of the 2015 season, but this new deal will keep No. 95 in midnight green for years to come, a fact that is great news for Eagles fans and bad news for Eagles opponents.

As he enters his fourth NFL season, Kendricks will continue to thrive under the mentorship of veteran DeMeco Ryans, the savvy leader of the Eagles' defense who has taken Kendricks under his wing since both players landed in Philadelphia in 2012. Kendricks will also get to work with the newly acquired Kiko Alonso, which could give the Eagles the quickest inside linebacker tandem in the NFL.

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