Eagles release statement on Brent Celek

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It's a bittersweet day for the Philadelphia Eagles as tight end Brent Celek has been released. This will likely limit interest in him as well as the value of the contract he signs, but shouldn't completely drives teams away to the point where he is not employed for the upcoming season.

The Eagles also lost tight end Trey Burton after he agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bears, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Each of these players are lightly-used veterans or special teams contributors who won't generate a ton of high-priced offers. And, of course, he was a Super Bowl champion.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2007, Celek played all 11 of his National Football League seasons in Philadelphia, missing just one game during that span. But when looking at how much he's been through since coming on board in 2007, both good and bad, Celek deserves all of the credit in the world for sticking it out with Philadelphia, as he's always been one of the most respected players in the locker room. During his Eagles career, Celek totaled 398 catches for 4,998 yards and 31 touchdowns, marking the eighth-most receiving yards and 11th-most receiving touchdowns (tied) in Eagles history. Or who knows, maybe they follow through with the rumor and pick up Martellus Bennett. The Eagles will clear up four million dollars in cap space, which officially puts them under the cap. 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.

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 will forever be an Eagle, and will forever be a Philadelphia legend.



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