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Eagles lock up Celek through 2016

Eagles tight end Brent Celek has provided coach Andy Reid something that L.J. Smith never could: a pass-catching tight end that stays on the field. On Tuesday, the Eagles made sure  they don’t have to find another one for a long time.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the two sides have agreed in principle to a six-year contract extension through 2016.  (UPDATE: The Eagles have confirmed the deal is official.)

Celek is only in his third season, but Philadelphia is not afraid to lock up young players they consider part of their team core. 

Celek is giving up some potential long-term earnings as a free agent for the security of money upfront now.  Similar deals given to cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Lito Sheppard eventually upset those players when they felt their base salaries fell below market value as the contract wore on.

A fifth-round pick from Cincinnati, Celek is fifth among all NFL tight ends in receiving yards (601) and touchdowns (5). 

He sprained his thumb in last Sunday’s win, but is expected to play this week against the Falcons.  Celek has yet to miss a game in his career.

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29 Responses to “Eagles lock up Celek through 2016”
  1. Krow says: Dec 1, 2009 10:55 AM

    Another smart move by a smart organization. The Eagles have their faults… but stupidity isn’t one of them.

  2. nasheagles says: Dec 1, 2009 11:02 AM

    another Classic Philly Deal…they should simply make Joe Banner the NFL’s arbitratorfor contract disputes.
    they get it…

  3. Rosenthal's babysitter says: Dec 1, 2009 11:15 AM

    A brilliant young TE that understands how to catch and how to pick up a first down. He’s got a great career ahead of him.

  4. Kevin from Philly says: Dec 1, 2009 11:15 AM

    Krow, it’d be closer to the truth to say that poor money management isn’t one of their faults. Watch the first kickoff of the Washinton game, and you’ll see that they’re more than capable of stupidity.

  5. sully56sgobirds says: Dec 1, 2009 11:22 AM

    This makes up for the Winston Justice deal that happened a week ago… I think ?

  6. gotommyw says: Dec 1, 2009 11:24 AM

    Another great move by the Eagles. And while Florio enjoys implying that two similar deals (brown and lito) did not work out when the players got angry, Sheldon is still here playing well and lito was replaced by a pro bowler asante samuel.
    Furthermore, the article forgets to mention the numerous other great similar deals the Eagles have mad …i.e. Herramins, jamal jackson, m. patterson, b. bunkley, q. mikell. The only one they got burnt on was the Reggie Brown deal. Still waiting on S. Andrews – but couldn’t blame them for signing a young probowl guard.

  7. Dawkphan says: Dec 1, 2009 11:25 AM

    Well Done !! good work!

  8. Rickah99 says: Dec 1, 2009 11:45 AM

    A great move made by a great organization! I really hope the extend Sheldon Brown as he has really come through in the clutch, playing with a torn hammy for an injury depleted defense.
    Also with D-Jax possibly missing this week’s game, the aforementioned Reggie Brown may finally get a chance to earn his paycheck.
    Celek had a bad game, but he is going to be a solid TE for several years!!

  9. WashingtonRedOookies says: Dec 1, 2009 11:54 AM

    He didn’t do a great job of catching the ball last week.

  10. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Dec 1, 2009 12:00 PM

    @Kevin from Philly
    Don’t confuse Krow with the facts. It’s already hard enough for him to be the first comment on new PFT Posts.

  11. icon says: Dec 1, 2009 12:33 PM

    Kevin from Philly. Re: Post, this date 11:15 Blame Andy Reid for that, “Not the front office!”

  12. rolltide says: Dec 1, 2009 12:36 PM

    Does Philly still have the TE from Florida they drafted this year that tore his ACL again? If he can get healthy they might have two great TEs.

  13. ShockAndAwe09NYG! says: Dec 1, 2009 12:53 PM

    The Eagles just like to keep there money in there pockets! There very smart but at the end of the day they have NOT WON ANYTHING and there TOP 5 IF NOT TOP 3 IN CAP SPACE!!! IF THE EAGLES WERENT SO CHEAP THEY COULD HAVE THE MOST INVINCIBLE TEAM IN THE WORLD BUT THEY DONT LIKE TO PAY UP! THEY RATHER GET PLAYERS THAT ARE GOOD FOR CHEAP AND JUST SETTLE FOR CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS INSTEAD OF TAKING CHANCES AND SPEND SOME MONEY……………..
    DONT GET ME WRONG DONT BE LIKE THE REDSKINS LMAO but just spend alittle they have A HUGE amount of space!! I know big money doesnt win you championships but they have done everything else perfect from a coaching and playing stand point.

  14. slapsbrats says: Dec 1, 2009 12:53 PM

    Ooooooh, oooooooh, oooooooh!
    Rat-tat-tat-tat
    UC!

  15. StraightCashHomey says: Dec 1, 2009 12:59 PM

    He looked like ‘Sir Drops Alot’ last week…..good thing they signed him.

  16. CurseofBoJackson says: Dec 1, 2009 1:04 PM

    Kid’s a good TE, good move.
    slapsbrats: that was sweet, and completely obscure to anyone not familiar with UC/UC athletics. I would have put an “H” in front of the “O’s”though.

  17. Outsyder says: Dec 1, 2009 1:06 PM

    shockandawe09NYG, you’re wrong on both points.
    1) They now have about 2 to 3 million left in available money. So they’ve essentially spent it all this year.
    2). If you knew anything about the various teams and their salary caps, you’d know the Eagles rolled over money last year so they essentially had 20 million over the set cap. So even if they hadn’t extended Justice and Celek, they had already spent way more than most teams.

  18. Big_Monkey says: Dec 1, 2009 1:14 PM

    Good move by the Eagles. May not be a good move by Celek if he continues to play the way he has. He may want to rethink his contract a few years from now when he’s among the top three pass catching tight ends and he’s not getting paid like it.
    Celek has been a tremendous asset for the Eagles. The average life span of a player is only a few years, so good for him.

  19. Indyeagle says: Dec 1, 2009 1:20 PM

    Shock,
    First of all, there is a difference between they’re, there, and their, please learn it.
    Secondly, the Eagles are second in the entire league (Washington) in actual money spent over the last ten years. So for you to talk about them being cheap just goes to show how ignorant you are in this matter.
    Lastly, how do you figure that they are “settling for players that are cheap” when they go get Asante, T.O., and almost had Randy Moss leveraged away from the Pats? The Eagles haven’t won a Superbowl, but it isn’t because they are cheap.

  20. Bwa Ha Ha says: Dec 1, 2009 1:35 PM

    Good move, and so was extending Justice.
    Shock, how’s that 4-0 start goin for ya?

  21. stiller43 says: Dec 1, 2009 1:40 PM

    These young Eagles never learn.

  22. LAEaglefan says: Dec 1, 2009 1:54 PM

    The probably won’t extend Sheldon Brown, as he’s getting up in age, but they should at least adjust the remainder of his contract, so he’s rewarded for his good play and leadership.

  23. Hooby says: Dec 1, 2009 3:07 PM

    maclin, jackson, avant, celek, mccoy, weaver
    the ones who dont have long contracts will soon, and so this amazing assembly of young talent will be led by some quarterback we have to figure out. if its kolb, god help us all.

  24. VoxVagina says: Dec 1, 2009 4:27 PM

    I can’t envision Celek complaining about money in the future. He’s not that kind of guy. I think the Eagles are trying to lock up all their young guys now so that they don’t have problems re-signing guys looking for big money in free agency once there’s no salary cap. Good move. The Eagles are good at keeping players for the prime of their careers, but they need to open up the wallet for some better free agents, especially to upgrade the defense

  25. Krow says: Dec 1, 2009 5:15 PM

    Hosstyle In Tampa… stop following me around. It’s creepy and more than a little gay. Go correct some spelling mistakes or something.

  26. WashingtonRedOookies says: Dec 1, 2009 7:19 PM

    As a skins fan I couldn’t be happier with McNabb running that team for the foreseeable future.

  27. antneejay2 says: Dec 1, 2009 11:01 PM

    @ShockAndAwe09NYG!
    Nice to see you got your caps lock key unstuck. Now if you can get that spell check working you’ll be in good shape.
    By the way, the league also has a salary floor, so as a practical matter, there is no such word as cheap in the NFL. Significant money has to be spent one way or the other.

  28. scrapdawg12 says: Dec 2, 2009 9:27 AM

    c’mon Man. Celek is not that great. For 30 million bucks and 11 guaranteed I would think we signed a young Tony Gonzalez. Celek is a bit undersized. Needs to hit the weights and put about 10 lbs on. He could also grow a few inches as well. I definitely do not like this. Way overpaid for a guy who deserves about 2 million a season.

  29. gotommyw says: Dec 3, 2009 10:59 AM

    scrapdope — Celek is on pace to make the probowl in his second year at tight end. His deal is quite reasonable in comparison to Gates, Gonzo, Witten, Cooley — all who Celek is either performing as well if not better than this year. And other than Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis, he is the best young tight end in the league. Celek will probably outperform this deal in two years.
    And what are you complaining about — his height and his weight — not his play on the field. Your arguments makes no sense. And you don’t understand the range of money given to a starting tight end in the nfl — its no where near 2 million a year.

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