Eagles release TE Brent Celek, their longest-tenured player

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham defends against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game Sunday Nov. 19 2017 in Arlington Texas

Eagles release TE Brent Celek, their longest-tenured player

Philly drafted him in the fifth round in 2007 and spent his entire 11-year National Football League career with the team.

The Eagles shared a heartfelt message about Celek's departure, noting that "Brent Celek defines what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle".

Obviously, the most important factor for the Eagles is Zach Ertz is still around for years to come since he's the No. 1 option for this offense. Prior to his release, he was the longest-tenured active professional athlete in Philadelphia.

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The Eagles saved $4 million by releasing Celek, and now the 33-year old will be on the hunt for a new team to call home to close out his career. There is still a chance he returns at a much smaller contract, but if not, the Eagles now are in need of a second tight end. Johnson, slated to have a cap hit of over $12 million in 2018-19, will now have one just under $5 million due to Howie Roseman's magical cap structuring talents. Brent embodied the City of Philadelphia's temperament and character with his toughness and grit.

Celek finished with 398 catches for 4,998 receiving yards and 31 receiving touchdowns in his 175 games with the Eagles.

We all know that this business decision was far from personal, as Celek has been an outstanding leader on and off the field for the Eagles. Celek helped the Eagles reach two NFC Championship Games (2008 and 2017) and capture the first Super Bowl title in team history in Super Bowl LII. 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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