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Eagles’ Brent Celek reportedly takes a pay cut

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The Eagles opened up some more cap space.

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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek has agreed to take a pay cut for the 2017 season. ESPN’s Field Yates reports the 32-year-old veteran will now make $3 million this year instead of $4 million.

The Eagles signed Celek to a three-year, $12 million contract extension worth $6 million guaranteed last year. He played 38.7% of Philadelphia’s offensive snaps in 2016 and had 14 receptions for 155 yards (zero touchdowns). A lot of his contributions came as being a blocker.

It’s not a surprise to see a team-first guy like Celek take a pay cut. The Eagles are up tight against the cap so they’re looking to save money any way they can. Celek is the second Eagles player to take a pay cut this offseason. Cornerback Ron Brooks also agreed to take less money this season.

Celek projects to be the Eagles’ second tight end behind starter Zach Ertz once again. The Eagles also have versatile backup and special teams standout Trey Burton on the roster.