Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has been exposed

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman discusses the team’s plans to locate a replacement while acknowledging that Jason Kelce is “irreplaceable.”

Howie Roseman, general manager of the Eagles, acknowledged that Jason Kelce is “irreplaceable” when the veteran center retired from professional football in March, but he also complimented Kelce’s effect on and off the field in Philadelphia.

Roseman, who has been with the team since 2010 and has also served as executive vice president for the past five years, spoke on ESPN about how the Eagles are going about finding a replacement for Kelce, who has been a key member of Philly’s offensive line during the past few seasons and helped the team win the Super Bowl in 2017.

‘How do you replace a guy like that?’ asked co-host of the Pat McAfee Show A.J. Hawk about Kelce. ‘Can you talk a little bit about what he actually meant to that franchise and the people there and everything about it because that guy is just… a real gem. He seems to be somebody I feel like from all corners of the Earth you have to love that dude.’

 

‘The best and you don’t replace that,’ Roseman replied. ‘And I think that it would be disingenuous to even pretend that we’re going to replace Jason Kelce. The person and the player. And I mean this is a first ballot HOFer, both on and off the field.

‘And so, I think for us we gotta continue to build the team. It’s the ultimate team game to understand that he is a huge loss.’

Roseman also gave special recognition to one of Kelce’s closest colleagues, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who was selected in the 2012 draft only one season after Kelce. Also retiring this offseason was Cox, 33.

“Fletcher Cox is a huge loss for our organization, our football team,” said the 48-year-old front office executive, who had previously won a Super Bowl. “All we could do was try to expose our young guys to them as much as we could, so they could learn from it and realize what incredible athletes and people they were.”

Roseman also gave special recognition to one of Kelce’s closest colleagues, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who was selected in the 2012 draft only one season after Kelce. Also retiring this offseason was Cox, 33.

“Fletcher Cox is a huge loss for our organization, our football team,” said the 48-year-old front office executive, who had previously won a Super Bowl. “All we could do was try to expose our young guys to them as much as we could, so they could learn from it and realize what incredible athletes and people they were.”

At the start of the month, Kelce opened up on his move to ESPN as an analyst on the network’s pregame show ‘Monday Night Countdown,’ which McAfee bragged about to Roseman after the latter’s aforementioned comments on the former’s show, Thurs.

 ‘You don’t gotta rub it in dude, you don’t gotta rub it in that you’re his teammate you know,’ Roseman joked, adding: ‘You know what though, the other thing that we talk about is just for me as a GM to be able to have these guys and we still obviously have Lane [Johnson] and B.G. [Brandon Graham] and those guys, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 draft picks, etc.

To be able to contact those men and say, “Hey, I’m thinking about this,” and to have those guys who have experienced what we have gone through together. What impact do you believe it would have on the team? I refer to it as unique.

“Now, never replace those guys, but I think a lot of the guys that are still in this building have a chance to be Eagles players for the next 10 to 15 years, and they could even be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.”

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