After the Philadelphia Eagles selected tight end Zach Ertz out of Standford with the third pick in second round of this year’s NFL Draft, current Eagles starting tight end Brent Celek might have thought his days in Philly were numbered. And he’s probably right in that assumption. But in an article on Thursday by NFL Media columnist Adam Schein, Celek was listed as one of nine players that has something to prove in these final weeks of the NFL regular season, as his job is most likely at stake. Here’s what Schein had to say:
“Rookie tight end Zach Ertz, who scored a pair of touchdowns in last week’s big win over Arizona, is a rising stud in Chip Kelly’s offense. But Celek remains reliable, notching a TD of his own against the Cards. It will be interesting to see if there’s room for both in 2014.”
The former 2007 fifth round pick out of Cincinnati is having a down year. So far, Celek has recorded a total of 23 receptions for 319 yards and four touchdowns. He’s coming off his best game of the year last week when he made four catches for 29 yards and a score. Unfortunately, his best day came while the aforementioned Ertz had five catches for 68 yards and two scores in that same game. It’s almost as if Celek can’t catch a break.
The seven-year veteran is scheduled to make just north of $13 million in the next three seasons. And he’s failed to live up to the numbers he put up in 2009, the year he signed a huge seven-year, $34 million contract. Regardless of what Celek does here in the final few weeks of the season, I’m not sure his paycheck and performance warrant retaining him this offseason.