Eagles release TE Brent Celek, their longest-tenured player

Eagles release TE Brent Celek, their longest-tenured player

Celek has certainly been durable, missing just one game over his last 11 years, something that should mitigate concerns about his age. 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.

The three other Eagles tight ends now under contract - Billy Brown, Joshua Perkins, and Adam Zaruba - did not play a single regular-season snap for the team in 2017.

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek (87) runs after catching a pass against Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford (98) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium.

Celek is now known as the longest tenured athlete in Philadelphia. He has seen his receiving role in the offense significantly shrink over the last two years, as he's totaled just 27 total catches, 285 yards and one touchdown. He was used mostly as a blocking tight end.

Celek set career highs in 2009 with 76 receptions for 971 yards and eight touchdowns. Brent embodied the City of Philadelphia's temperament and character with his toughness and grit.

With the Philadelphia Eagles having to trim down their salary cap number, it's been a busy week for the Super Bowl champions when looking at some of the moves they were forced to make, ranging from Lane Johnson re-structuring his contract to trading Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers. 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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