Last Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers announced tight end Garrett Celek had signed a one-year deal. Celek was a restricted free agent, which meant the team could have tendered him. Instead, the two sides hashed out a deal that pays Celek the league minimum with some minor bonus money.
According to Jason Hurley, Celek will earn $660,000, which is the veteran minimum salary for a player with three credited seasons. He also received a $25,000 signing bonus, and has a $25,000 roster bonus if he is on the roster for Week 1.
This is not a particularly notable contract from a numbers perspective, but it is interesting from a depth chart perspective. With this contract and Derek Carrier's 2-year extension, the San Francisco 49ers can bring back their entire crew of tight ends for 2015. That includes Celek, Carrier, Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Asante Cleveland and Xavier Grimble. The latter two spent time on the practice squad, with Cleveland also bouncing back and forth with the active roster.
It would appear the 49ers will head into the draft with this group of tight ends on the roster. If that is the case, will we see the 49ers invest any draft capital in the position? Vernon Davis is due to hit free agency next year, and Vance McDonald has been inconsistent when healthy. Celek signed this one-year deal, but it is effectively a do-over season for him following his back issues last year.
There is upside with this group heading into 2015, but there are long-term question marks. If you think they will invest a draft pick in the position, how high would they go?