Celek, 33, is on the books for $5 million in 2018. The Eagles can save $1 million by releasing him, but they may look to restructure his contract instead, as they did in 2017. With Burton out of the picture, Celek could theoretically return as the team’s TE2, behind Zach Ertz.
Celek appeared in every game for the Eagles, both in the regular season and the playoffs. In the regular season, he caught 13 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown while largely being eclipsed by Ertz and Burton. Celek has not been a big factor in the passing game in recent seasons, but he remains valuable as a blocker and mentor.
With eleven years in Philadelphia, Celek is the team’s longest-tenured player.