Kelce has played his entire 13-year career with the Eagles
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles star center Jason Kelce told his teammates in Monday night's postgame locker room that he is retiring, league sources told ESPN.
Kelce, 36, was visibly emotional at the end of the Eagles' 32-9 wild-card playoff game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The six-time All-Pro and future Hall of Famer has considered retiring after other recent seasons, but this time it will happen, according to sources.
Kelce declined to talk with reporters in the locker room after the game, saying: "No guys, not today."
Kelce played this season on a one-year contract and was set to become a free agent in March.
A sixth-round draft selection in 2011, Kelce has played his entire 13-year career with the Eagles and has been one of the key leaders for a team that has made six postseason appearances and two Super Bowl trips over the past seven seasons.
Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson told reporters that Kelce has "hinted" to teammates that this would be his final season.
"I love him. He's one of the best to ever play the game," Johnson said. "The things he can do on the football field athletically -- I don't think we'll see another one like him for a long time."
Kelce is the fifth center in NFL history with at least six All-Pro selections. The other four -- Jim Otto, Bulldog Turner, Dermontti Dawson, Jim Ringo -- are all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
ESPN's Tim McManus contributed to this report.