Field Yates of ESPN reports that Eagles TE Brent Celek has agreed to a $1 million pay cut for the 2017 season. Celek was set to make $4 million this year, but will now make $3 million, according to Yates.
Philadelphia needed to free up some cap room, considering that they had less than a $1 million to work with and sign their rookie class.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Eagles make even more moves in the coming weeks to increase their cap space, as it typically costs around $5 million or so to sign a draft class.
Celek, 32, is a former fifth-round pick of the Eagles back in 2007. He’s currently in the second year of his four-year, $18 million contract that included $6 million guaranteed and was set to make a base salary of $4 million for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Celek appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles and caught 14 passes for 155 yards receiving and no touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 46 tight end out of 63 qualifying players.