Brent Celek officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday, as expected.
A few weeks ago, said during an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic that he was leaning towards retiring from the NFL, even though he’s received a “few” offers from NFL teams.
“I think I’m leaning more toward retirement,” Celek said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I’ve had a few offers, but none of them are worth leaving a city that I have been in for 11 years where I won the Super Bowl in my final year. It wouldn’t feel right to put another uniform on.”
Celek visited with the Lions several months ago and reportedly had some interest from the Chiefs, but it appears as though neither option was appealing enough for him to sign.
Celek, 33, is a former fifth-round pick of the Eagles back in 2007. He was in the final year of his four-year, $18 million contract that included $6 million guaranteed and set to make a base salary of $4 million for the 2018 season when the Eagles released him this past March.
In 2017, Celek appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles and caught 13 passes for 130 yards receiving and one touchdown. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 62 tight end out of 71 qualifying players.
We had him featured in our Top 50 Available 2018 NFL Free Agents list.