Business is business. When reports swirled prior to the 2015 NFL Draft that the Eagles might be open to trading linebacker Mychal Kendricks, there was only one thing for Kendricks to do: Keep working hard and retaining his focus.
"It didn't bother me at all," Kendricks said Tuesday. "Whatever happens, happens. I've got no hard feelings toward any of the business moves made. I think of myself as a businessman as well and I would do what's best for the team if that's what I feel. I'm going to do my job and that's to play football and to be the best I can be on the field and off the field."
Kendricks, of course, wasn't traded and he is now part of a re-stocked inside linebacker position that looks to be a strength for this Eagles defense. Along with veteran DeMeco Ryans and Kiko Alonso, acquired in the trade that sent running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo, Kendricks provides three starter-experienced players to a position ravaged by injuries in 2014. Add in young veteran Najee Goode, who was injured in Week 1 last year, and third-round draft pick Jordan Hicks, and the Eagles are deep and talented with multiple options.
Is it possible, Kendricks was asked on Tuesday after the OTA session at the NovaCare Complex, that he and Alonso and Ryans could play on the field at the same time?
"I would think so. It's a possibility," Kendricks said. "We play the game of football and with all of the different packages that can be in place or implemented here, dude, we can anything we want. I don't see why not."
Kendricks said there have been no conversations with the team about a contract extension, but he would embrace the idea of being an Eagle for many years to come.
"I can't control whatever goes on," Kendricks said. "I like Philly, and I would like to finish where I started. It's my home. I've been here for a while now. I know the lay of the land, I know the people. I like it out here."