Kelly made good on his word, as the Eagles signed Kendricks to a four-year, $29 million contract extension on Monday, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported, via a source informed of the deal. The new pact comes with $16.4 million in guarantees, per Breer, and maxes out at $31.5 million with incentives, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added.
The annual rate of $7.25 million places Kendricks in the top-10 among inside and middle linebackers.
At 5-foot-11 and less than 240 pounds, Kendricks was also believed to fall short of Kelly's rigid physical requirements for nucleus players.
Instead, Kendricks survived as one of the few remnants of the Andy Reid era. The contract numbers suggest his role is safe this year, leaving the coaching staff to figure out how to divide snaps between Alonso, Ryans and the rotational outside linebackers.
The long-term commitment is also an acknowledgment that Kendricks closed out last season as one of the NFL's stingiest coverage linebackers in addition to showcasing impressive closing speed as a blitzer and run defender.