The Philadelphia Eagles released veteran tight end Brent Celek on Tuesday, according to an official announcement from the team.
Celek, who turned 33 in January, was the longest tenured player on the team. Philadelphia originally selected him in the fifth-round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Cutting Celek saves the Eagles $4 million in cap space (compared to $1 million in dead money). The Eagles are now UNDER the cap in time for the official start of NFL free agency tomorrow, Wednesday, March 14.
Celek had a great career with the Eagles. He was a super tough and reliable tight end who only missed one game, and that was on a short week. It’s great that he was able to finally win a Super Bowl in his final season with Philadelphia.
With Celek gone and Trey Burton reportedly signing with the Bears, Zach Ertz is the only tight end from the Eagles’ 2017 53-man roster to return in 2018. It goes without saying, then, that tight end is a need for this team. (Maybe the Eagles will pursue Martellus Bennett after all?)