The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a new contract with veteran tight end Brent Celek, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Caplan. Caplan reports the deal is worth $13 million over three years, with $6 million guaranteed.
This deal comes as a bit of a surprise. Some thought the Eagles' contract extension for Zach Ertz was a sign the team was ready to move on from the 31-year-old Celek. Apparently that's not the case.
Prior to this extension, Celek was due $5 million for the 2016 season. None of that money was guaranteed, so the Eagles could have cut him for big savings. Instead, the Eagles feel like he's worth keeping around. The team likely lowered his 2016 cap number by signing him to this extension.
Celek has been with the Eagles since Philadelphia drafted him in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. The nine-year NFL veteran has only been inactive for one game in his entire career. He has 371 career receptions for 4,713 yards and 30 touchdowns. In recent years, Celek has been used more heavily as a blocker than a pass catcher.
Ertz is still the team's number one tight end for the considerable future, but it's clear Celek will still have some kind of role in the offense. The veteran is also well respected in the locker room so this move will probably go over well with the players.
UPDATE: Official confirmation from the team. His press conference is scheduled for 11 AM ET on Jan. 27.
Happy belated birthday to @BrentCelek, who has agreed to terms on a new three-year deal: https://t.co/SZBk6yyzyH pic.twitter.com/jN0RigKSTS— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 26, 2016