By Harry Allison
Brent Celek is happy as a clam to have a new Eagles contract.
“This is my home now,” Celek said.”Philadelphia is my home forever.”
“This is the greatest city to play for in the NFL,” he added.
Celek, 31, caught 27 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns in 2015. With the emergence of Zach Ertz in Philly, Celek has remained relevant because he is a solid blocking tight end who is also still capable of making an impact in the passing game. He’s also extremely durable, having missed just one game in his nine-year career.
With Ertz signing a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension already this offseason, it’s clear Celek is the backup option in this offense and will continue to function largely as a blocking tight end.
The Eagles have made a pretty large financial commitment to a backup, however. Celek was due $5 million in the 2016 season—none of it guaranteed—which led many to believe that he would be cut this offseason or asked to restructure his contract, not signed to a contract extension.
Nonetheless, Celek will fill an important role in the team’s offense and give the Eagles solid insurance in the event that Ertz goes down to an injury.