Eagles release TE Brent Celek, their longest-tenured player

Carrie Guzman
March 14, 2018

Tuesday, amid a flurry of offseason announcement from insiders like Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter, Philadelphia agreed to a one-year deal with the former Lions tackle. Johnson, slated to have a cap hit of over $12 million in 2018-19, will now have one just under $5 million due to Howie Roseman's magical cap structuring talents.

The Philadelphia Eagles have released tight end Brent Celek after 11 seasons. While the situation is a sad one for the Eagles organization and fans, it was good to see Celek finish out his final season with the Eagles as a Super Bowl Champion. His 971 receiving yards that season are the second-most by a tight end in Eagles history, trailing only Pete Retzlaff's 1,190 receiving yards in 1965. Philadelphia is struggling to get under the $170 million number.

Obviously, the most important factor for the Eagles is Zach Ertz is still around for years to come since he's the No. 1 option for this offense.

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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.

Burton, known now for throwing the "Philly Special" touchdown pass on fourth down in Super Bowl LII, inked a huge deal with the Bears Tuesday. And though he has totaled fewer than 200 receiving yards and has totaled just 27 catches over the previous two seasons, receiving isn't the bread-and-butter of his game.

Blocking specialist tight ends are still regularly employed around the National Football League, though their numbers are dwindling in favor of pass-catchers with blocking upside.

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