Four Thoughts On Bernardrick McKinney's 5 Year Contract Extension

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With Kiko Alonso, Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans all on the roster, you wouldn’t think the Eagles need any more interior linebackers.

Then again, Ryans will be 31, entering the final year of his contract and coming off his second Achilles injury, and according to a report from Jeff McLane for >The Philadelphia Inquirer, the team has yet to talk extension with Kendricks, who is also heading into the final year of his deal.

The fact that Ryans is still on the team coupled with no news on the extension front has led to speculation Kendricks could be trade bait. The news that McKinney will have an official visit with the Eagles, per Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, won’t do anything to quiet the rumors.

McKinney’s numbers won’t blow anybody away. In three seasons at Mississippi State, he registered 122 tackles, 19.5 for loss, 7.5 sacks, eight pass breakups, zero interceptions and one forced fumble. However, his size and athleticism make him a huge disruptive presence in the middle of the field, standing 6’4”, 246 pounds with impressive 4.66 speed and a 40.5-inch vertical.

McKinney was once thought to be an early first-round prospect, but updated rankings from Scouts Inc. and list him as a second-rounder. Why the Eagles would feel the need to go in this direction isn’t entirely clear, but we know they are kicking the tires on interior linebackers regardless.

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