Philadelphia Eagles release TE Brent Celek after 11 seasons


The Philadelphia Eagles have until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday to cut $9.8 million in salary and they just freed up a good chunk of that by restructuring Lane Johnson's contract.

With the loss of Celek and now the loss of Trey Burton, the Eagles have a lot of work to do this offseason with finding a backup for Zach Ertz.

The Philadelphia Eagles released tight end Brent Celek, the team announced Tuesday. Philly drafted him in the fifth round in 2007 and spent his entire 11-year National Football League career with the team.

Celek is now known as the longest tenured athlete in Philadelphia. Pro Football Focus (via Bleeding Green Nation's Brandon Lee Gowton) ranked Celek just 57th out of 69 qualifying tight ends as a run blocker for the 2017 season. 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.

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Celek finished with only 13 catches for 130 yards and one touchdown last season. His dedication to his profession and this organization is unmatched and he will go down as one of the best tight ends in franchise history.

Celek caught 398 passes for 4,998 yards and 31 touchdowns over his career with the Eagles.

Robinson was one of four former Florida State stars to get a Super Bowl ring this season - joined by defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, linebacker Nigel Bradham and fellow defensive back Ronald Darby, all of who have signed long term deals with the team. He has been a huge part of everything we have been building over the last decade, and it is only fitting that he was able to help us win our first Super Bowl last season.