Eagles sign Celek to six-year extension

TE Brent Celek signed an extension that will keep him with the Eagles through 2016. (Brian Garfinkel / Associated Press)

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Brent Celek to a six-year contract extension on Tuesday that will keep the tight end in Philadelphia through 2016, the team announced. Financial terms were not immediately available.

The 24-year-old Celek is among a core group of players currently manning the skill positions on offense, joining 22-year-old WR DeSean Jackson and a pair of 21-year-old rookies in WR Jeremy Maclin and RB LeSean McCoy. The average age of the Eagles’ current roster is 26.6 years old, while 76 percent of that roster is signed through 2010 and beyond, including 22 players who are signed through 2012 and beyond.

A fifth-round draft choice of Philadelphia in 2007, Celek has emerged as one of the NFL’s top tight ends in 2009, currently tied for seventh in receptions (54), fifth in yards (601), and tied for fourth in touchdowns (5) among all tight ends. His reception and touchdown totals also lead the team.

Celek earned the starting job this season after a strong postseason performance in 2008, when he led the team with 19 receptions and three touchdowns. He set a franchise playoff record with his 10-catch performance in the NFC Championship Game at Arizona.

For his career, Celek has played in all 43 games (22 starts) since entering the league, posting 97 catches for 1,097 yards and seven touchdowns. His reception and yardage total have improved in each of his three seasons.

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