PHILADELPHIA PA - DECEMBER 02: Brent Celek #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs for yards after the catch in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Now that the offseason has officially started for the Eagles, Andy Reid and company will have to spend the next couple of weeks carefully scrutinizing the 2010 roster. The free agency signing period begins in a little over a month and a half and by that time, the front office should have a good idea of which Eagles players they'll want to bring back for the 2011 season (if there is one). Today, BGN takes a look at the tight end position.
Brent Celek: Although he didn't have the monster statistical season everyone predicted, Celek showed flashes of his breakout year self and seemed to slightly pick up his performance towards the end of the season. Count on him being back next year in a starting role as he still has six years left on his monster eight year deal.
Clay Harbor: Only active for nine games this season, Harbor didn't exactly set the world on fire during his rookie year. However, the coaching staff did display a degree of confidence in the young Missouri State product when the roster was narrowed to two tight ends and they went with him over Garrett Mills. Harbor figures to return for another year in a reserve role as he currently has three years left on his rookie contract.
Cornelius Ingram: Over the course of the past year, Ingram has been signed and re-signed to the Eagles roster more times than Albert Haynesworth has thrown a hissy fit. Although never making it to the active roster, Ingram figures to compete for the #3 spot in training camp. Let's just hope his knees hold up...
Who Could Leave
Who Could Sign
The Titans have all but confirmed that the 30 year old Bo Scaife will not return for seventh season with the team. He still appears to have some productivity left in the tank though, as he went for 318 yards and 4 touchdowns this year. He has the potential to be a solid backup
Dante Rosario appears to be on his way out in Carolina. The pass catching specialist could make a decent reserve player if he isn't re-signed.
Dan Gronkowski will be a free agent and could be a young developmental option as a blocking tight end. However, he will be coming off of an ankle injury that landed him on injured reserve during week 14, so signing him would be a bit of a risk. Fun fact: Gronkowski is a converted quarterback, which gives the coaches the option to try a trick play or two.