The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that they have signed tight end Garrett Celek to a 4-year contract extension. Celek was due to become an unrestricted free agent next month, but this deal locks him up through 2019. Trent Baalke released the following statement upon news of the signing:
"Since Garrett entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012, he has displayed the skill, work ethic and desire to compete at a high level in the National Football League. His commitment and determination to succeed are reflected in the way he conducts himself as a professional on and off the field. As an organization, we would like to congratulate Garrett and look forward to his continued development as a member of this organization."
ESPN's Adam Caplan reported last week that the two sides were closing in on a long-term deal. At some point in the next day or two I imagine the numbers will leak out. I don't imagine the numbers are huge, primarily due to Celek's injuries the last couple years. Ankle and back injuries limited him to 3 games in 2014 and 11 games in 2014.
He was taking a step forward this past season in the passing game before a high ankle sprain ended his season. He'll be competing with Vance McDonald, Blake Bell, Busta Anderson, and Je'Ron Hamm for opportunities in Chip Kelly's offense, which relies quite a bit on strong play from the tight ends.