49ers TE Garrett Celek announced via his Instagram account Friday that he’s retiring from the NFL.
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I can’t thank the 49ers organization enough for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams and all of the countless relationships I’ve made along the way, especially my Tight Ends, thanks for supplying me with endless stories and memories. Niner Faithful, thank you for cheering me on these past 8 seasons, love y’all, Celektime is clockin out ✌🏼
Celek, 31, wound up signing on with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State back in 2012. After playing out his rookie contract, Celek returned to San Francisco on a one-year deal before signing a four-year, $14 million extension in 2016.
Celek played out the final year of that deal and made a base salary of $1.9 million for the 2019 season. He was in line to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
In 2019, Celek appeared in five games for the 49ers, but did not catch a pass.