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Biggs: Eagles extend Celek through 2016

Six-year extension continues pro-active measures by team Brad Biggs

Print This December 01, 2009, 10:45 AM EST

Brent Celek tore a few ligaments in one of his hands in Sunday’s victory over the Washington Redskins, but the Philadelphia Eagles tight end still ought to be able to deposit the check he picked up today with a six-year contract extension from the team.

At least one team isn’t worried about a potential work stoppage in 2011 when it comes to handing out longterm deals. The club signed right tackle Winston Justice to an extension through 2013 last week.

The new deal locks Celek up through 2016, and the team has now signed 22 players on the current roster to multiple contracts, proof that the Eagles are one of the most pro-active teams in the league when it comes to investing it its own players.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2007, Celek has developed into one of the better young tight ends in the league and he’s emerged as a complementary target for Donovan McNabb this season. He is tied for seventh in receptions (54), fifth in yards (601) and fourth in touchdowns (5) among all tight ends. Celek is a first-year starter and the bonus in doing an extension in just his third season is that he gets some financial security. The Eagles likely get a bargain on the back end of the deal. It’s a win-win situation.

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