The Eagles and tight end Brent Celek have agreed in principal to a six-year contract extension, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Celek, in his third season out of Cincinnati, has 54 catches for 601 yards and five touchdowns this season. As L.J. Smith's career faded off the map in '08, Celek became a reliable target for quarterback Donovan McNabb during the Eagles' trip to the NFC title game.
Celek plays in the same conference as annual Pro Bowlers Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez, but he's making his own bid for a trip to Hawaii in '09. Ever since he arrived in Philly, he started watching film of Witten to see how he set up his routes. Celek has a knack for getting open against linebackers and safeties and he's done a nice job of running after the catch this season.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson gets a lot of attention because of his big-play ability, but Celek has become one of the most consistent players for the Eagles. I know he has a tremendous relationship with general manager Tom Heckert, so it's not a shock that the Eagles would try to get something done now.
I'll work on tracking down those contract numbers because that's what everyone's waiting to see. The Eagles will hold a 2 p.m. ET news conference to announce the extension.
Update: I was able to track down those contract numbers for you guys. It's a six-year, $33 million deal, with $11 million of it guaranteed.