Eagles release TE Celek

Annette Crawford
March 13, 2018

The business side of sports reared its ugly head on Tuesday when the Eagles were forced to release Brent Celek, their longest tenured player.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Celek was due to count for $5 million against Philadelphia's 2018 salary cap.

Other than that, there's not much to report regarding six Eagles pending free agents: Offensive tackle William Beatty, kicker Caleb Sturgis, defensive end Bryan Braman, running back Kenjon Barner and linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Najee Goode. The 33-year-old was a fifth-round draft pick by the team in 2007 and only missed one game in his career.

Celek finished with 398 catches for 4,998 receiving yards and 31 receiving touchdowns in his 175 games with the Eagles. The receptions rank fourth in franchise history, and the yardage ranks eighth. He also played in nine postseason contests and added 27 catches for 257 yards and three touchdowns.

The Philadelphia Eagles have significantly shortened their tight-end depth chart this offseason.

With the departure of Trey Burton, the Eagles now return only Zach Ertz at tight end.

Blocking specialist tight ends are still regularly employed around the National Football League, though their numbers are dwindling in favor of pass-catchers with blocking upside.

Then again, what will make Eagles fans feel better about the decision is the fact that Philadelphia was able to help Celek finally earn that Super Bowl ring after 11 seasons in the NFL. Brent embodied the City of Philadelphia's temperament and character with his toughness and grit. Unfortunately, in this business we are forced to make hard decisions, especially this time of the year. On Monday alone, the Miami Dolphins cut former Seminole star Lawrence Timmons and the Philadelphia Eagles made it known they want one former Nole back.

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