Eagles release TE Brent Celek, the longest-tenured member of the team

Eagles release TE Brent Celek, the longest-tenured member of the team

As expected, the Philadelphia Eagles have cut ties with the longtime veteran, Brent Celek.

The Eagles are now strapped for cap space and will stand to save $4 million with Celek's release.

With a big chunk of cap space now open, the Eagles will likely shift their focus to Brent Celek and Vinny Curry, both of whom are candidates to be released today. The 33-year-old was a fifth-round draft pick by the team in 2007 and only missed one game in his career.

The Eagles' defensive line, as it stood Tuesday afternoon (in the fast changing National Football League offseason environment) is an absolute terror. Prior to his release, he was the longest-tenured active professional 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. 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 398 catches for 4,998 receiving yards and 31 receiving touchdowns in his 175 games with the Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles have significantly shortened their tight-end depth chart this offseason.

Once again, the thinking seems to be that Philly's investments paid off in 2017 with a Super Bowl title, so they'll try to replicate them in 2018.

"Brent Celek defines what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle", the organization said in a statement, "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".