The Eagles and veteran tight end Brent Celek have agreed to a three-year, $13 million contract, according to ESPN reporter Adam Caplan.
Celek’s previous contract was due to expire after the 2016 season and would have paid him $5 million. This new deal, which includes a guaranteed $6 million, is likely to keep Celek in Philadelphia longer while lowering his cap number, a move which frees up a small slice of space for the Eagles to allocate elsewhere.
On Monday, the Eagles announced tight end Zach Ertz signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension.
Celek, 31, settled into a backup role behind Ertz the past two seasons and is likely to remain in that spot under new coach Doug Pederson. During his time as the Chiefs offensive coordinator, Pederson made frequent use of Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce in the passing game and is expected to bring a similar scheme to Philly.
Celek caught 27 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns in 2015, his ninth NFL season.
The Eagles have now made two significant offseason moves to lock up offensive skill position players, and more deals are likely to be struck in the coming weeks. NJ.com reported the team is working to sign offensive tackle Lane Johnson and defensive end Vinny Curry to new contracts.