Training camp is upon us, which means the NFL season is on the horizon. Many decisions will be made by teams across the league in the coming weeks in order to get rosters down to size and finalize the direction which they will mold their teams. A major decision for the Philadelphia Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly will come concerning the tight end position and veteran Brent Celek. It seems that even before training camp, the numbers and new spread offense may dictate that Celek will be out.
Coach Kelly has seemed to make it clear from the beginning that Celek does not exactly fit into the new system in Philadelphia. Drafting Zach Ertz in the second round as a prototypical spread-offense tight end and adding James Casey seems to leave Celek on the outside looking in. The one area which Celek is light years ahead of his counterparts is blocking, but that probably won’t be enough to put him ahead when the depth chart is formulated. The better chance is that the Eagles will release Celek or find a trade partner to salvage themselves the $3.25 million he is owed this year, as well as the more than $13 million he is set to make after 2013, before his contract is up.
Ertz makes it so that the Eagles get younger, cheaper and more threatening offensively going vertical. Casey brings the experience that the Eagles would lose if they rid themselves of Celek. The best option may be already in the making for the Eagles with the New England Patriots coming in a few days early prior to their preseason matchup. The teams will practice together, setting up a perfect situation for both Philadelphia to find a trade partner and for Celek to find a new home. It is well known that the Patriots are in desperate need of receiving options after the loss of Aaron Hernandez and Tom Brady favorite Wes Welker, and before long, Celek may be the best available answer for New England.