TE of the Present and Future: Eagles Agree to Sign Celek to 6-Year Extension

TE of the Present and Future: Eagles Agree to Sign Celek to 6-Year Extension

Despite Brent Celek's strong finish to the '08 season and the Eagles run in the postseason, many fans saw tight end as an area in which the Eagles needed to get stronger heading into 2009. The Birds drafted Cornelius Ingram, a player with great potential, but a significant question mark due to past injuries, and all of a sudden the position looked pretty solid overall. Then, Ingram went down in camp and is currently on IR for the season, and it was back to being Celek's solo tour. 

Overall, he has not disappointed, and the Eagles have just rewarded Celek by agreeing to sign him to a 6-year contract extension. Financial terms are not yet available. [Update: Adam Caplan says he's hearing $33mil, $11mil guaranteed]

The timing may seem interesting in that it comes off of a tough game in which Celek dropped some key passes, and amid news that he has a minor hand injury. But in the long run, the deal is right on time for how the Eagles normally do business. 

Similar to what we've just seen with the Winston Justice deal, as well as in countless past instances, the team loves to re-up its young players before they hit their free agent years—in some cases long before. Players and their agents often grow frustrated with the deals later in the term of the contract, after the guaranteed money has dried up, and younger, less-proven players are getting more dollars per year. And yet, both sides continue to sign the deals. 

The front office is obviously impressed with Celek's progress, and if Ingram can recover completely and put in a full season, their options at TE should continue to be a strength. 

Instant Replay: Temple 86, Tulane 76 (2OT)

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Instant Replay: Temple 86, Tulane 76 (2OT)


Temple snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with an 86-76 double-overtime win over Tulane on Senior Day at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. scored a putback layup with eight seconds left in regulation to even the Owls with the Green Wave at 65 and send the game to OT. In the first OT, Alston made two free throws with five seconds left to put Temple up, 71-68. But Tulane rolled the ball up the court and Malik Morgan made a deep three as time expired to send it to double OT.

The Owls (15-15, 6-11 AAC) scored seven quick points in just under two minutes in the second overtime that put them up 78-71, a lead Tulane (5-23, 2-14) could not recover from.

Turning point
The Owls jumped out to a 17-4 lead early in the first 4:25 of the game and had a 35-28 lead over Tulane at halftime. They looked to be in control for most of the game until the Green Wave outscored them, 19-11, to take a 47-46 lead with 11:31 left in the second half.

In the second OT, however, Temple outscored Tulane, 15-5, to seal the win.

Big men on campus
The Owls were led by by Alston's 25 points (10 for 10 at the free-throw line), eight rebounds and six assists. Senior Daniel Dingle had 13 points and eight rebounds. Mark Williams, another senior, had 20 points and six rebounds after fouling out in the second OT. Junior forward Obi Enechionyia added 14 points.

Tulane was led by junior Cameron Reynolds, who scored a team-high 21 points.

Inside the box score
• The Owls shared the ball well with 17 assists, compared to just eight by Tulane.

• Temple led for 42:23 of game time, with 13 being its largest lead in the first half.

History lesson
The Owls move on to 7-2 all-time against Tulane, winning six straight in the series.

Up next
Temple will end its season on the road at USF next Sunday afternoon.

Tulane will stay on the road and play at Memphis on Friday.

Ilya Bryzgalov warns Flyers fans to bring speedos to Heinz Field

Ilya Bryzgalov warns Flyers fans to bring speedos to Heinz Field

The last time the Flyers were in an outdoor game, Ilya Bryzgalov was drinking from a thermos on the bench while Sergei Bobrovsky started against the Rangers five years ago.

Fast forward to Saturday night. Bryzgalov is out of the NHL, Bobrovsky has himself in the conversation for his second Vezina Trophy in Columbus, and the Flyers face off against the  Penguins at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in a Stadium Series game … weather permitting.

The weather is expected to cooperate tonight, though. The forecast called for rain today and temperatures in the 50s, but it hasn't rained much. The temperature is expected to drop into the 40s and 30s, and may even hit a lot of 28, according to Weather.com.

Don't tell Bryzgalov that. "Bryz" took to Twitter to offer advice for Flyers and Penguins fans attending the Stadium Series match tonight.

You don't need no stinkin' thermos.

If you're not following Bryzgalov on Twitter, you should click that follow button now. He's always an entertaining follow.