Eagles release Brent Celek

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Tight end Brent Celek intends to play football in 2018, but he’ll need to find a new team if he’s going to get on the field.

The Eagles announced on Tuesday that they have released Celek. The move will clear $4 million from the team’s salary cap while also erasing the longest tenured member of the team from the roster.

“Brent Celek defines what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle,” the team 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. Brent embodied the City of Philadelphia’s temperament and character with his toughness and grit. He has been a huge part of everything we have been building over the last decade and it is only fitting that he was able to help us win our first Super Bowl last season. Unfortunately, in this business we are forced to make difficult decisions, especially this time of the year. This one is as tough as they come, but in our eyes, Brent will always be an Eagle.”

Celek joined the team as a fifth-round pick in 2007 and has missed just one game over his 11 NFL seasons. He set a career high of 76 receptions in his third season, but moved into more of a blocking role with Zach Ertz on the team as well in recent years. He had 13 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown last year.

Celek’s release comes shortly after reports that Trey Burton will be leaving the Eagles for a long-term deal with the Bears. That leaves Ertz as the only tight end under contract who saw time with the team last year.

58 responses to “Eagles release Brent Celek

  1. Martellus gonna come play with Michael. For cheap. Watch…
    Then draft a TE and that’s that.

  2. Brent embodied Philly sports. Best of luck to him, and I’m still holding out hope he comes back in FA on a cheaper deal.

  3. All part of the business. Only missed one game in his career, concussion on Sunday and couldn’t get cleared by Thursday. Tough nosed, gritty, absolute fan favorite with his 1st down arm chop! Jersey will hang in the rafters at the Linc whenever he hangs it up for good.

  4. UltimateEagle#87. Thanks for the grit, toughness, dedication and professionalism. Brent is the model incarnate of what being a Philadelphia Eagle is all about. Eagles for life…FLY EAGLES FLY!!!

  5. sad day in Philly…. I’m glad you got your ring Brent!
    He may be back for cheap if another team doesn’t sign him…. at least I hope he will! He’s the best blocking TE the team had!
    😦

  6. Celek has always been a great Eagle. I remember it was real early after we drafted him in the fifth round that it was apparent he would be taking the 2nd round pick L.J. Smith’s role away from him. My late Brother called that one, said this Ohio Kid is going to be a player. Always has been the man on the field. You will be missed. but your going out on top as an Eagle. Thanks for the Years Brent Celek!

  7. As a longtime eagles fan I want to thank you for time with the team and helping bring a superbowl trophy to Philly you will always be an eagle in my mind I wish you luck in finding a new team who ever gets you will be getting an true professional God bless you

  8. Never heard a bad word about the guy. Selfless, hard-working, professional.

    Certainly not worth his upcoming salary–and everyone in Phila, from the front office to the fans–would have preferred he retired and exited in style than to have been released. Can’t imagine there will be much of a market for him. An aging blocking TE? Perhaps to mentor a younger TE, like he did so well with Ertz? A veteran presence? Who knows his future.

    I’m just glad he got his ring.

  9. Here comes eagle fan with weird thank you for the memories, we will never forget you, you’ve meant so much to this city banter. When Dorenbos left it was like the world was ending, and he was a long snapper. This will be like a family member passing away. Hilarious how eagle fan acts like they are on the team and know the players!

  10. Brett Veach…please make this phone call. This is the veteran you need on offense and the guy who can wrangle Kelce. The Chiefs desperately need to upgrade their TE2 from Demetrius Harris. C’mon Big Red…get him to KC!

  11. Welcome to trying to stay at the top in the Age of Parity. And it only gets tougher the longer you stay at the top. I fancy Philly could be back for SB LIII but after that it will get much harder still when Wentz will then need to be tied up with a silly big contract.

    It’s hard. Only two teams have repeated in the Age of Parity – the Broncos who did so via two huge $29M under-the-table overspends at a time when the cap was a “mere” $57M – and the Pats.

  12. To my Viking fans then maybe a little upset about this, I’m going to point you in the direction of Drew Brees as a reference. When he left San Diego he was a slightly above average QB that had never won anything with numbers pretty similar to Cousins. Then he went to New Orleans and took off like a rocket. I am not in any way shape or form saying that the same will happen to us, my point is that anything can happen and sometimes a change of scenery/coaching/system is all someone needs to go from good to elite. He’s our Qb now whether you like it or not and we need to rally with him

  13. Brent, THANK YOU for helping bring Philadelphia a Lombardi AND for being a fantastic Eagle for 11 years! You’re my father’s favorite Eagle! Much love!

  14. He was a great member of the Eagles but should’ve retired. Can’t blame the Eagles for cutting him given the cap situation.

  15. Brent, THANK YOU for helping bring Philadelphia a Lombardi AND for being a fantastic Eagle for 11 years! You’re my father’s favorite Eagle! Much love!

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    Kind of what I’m getting at…why in the world does your father have a favorite eagle, first of all…way to old for that…and brent celek has no clue who you or your dad are….Too funny!

  16. Brent Celek one of the Great Eagles a true warrior and will not be replaced. Thanks for the memories Brent.

    -The Philly Green

  17. Really good player and as NYG fan he was never an easy defend.
    The man could play the game.

  18. Brent Celek……….Class act. Simply couldn’t afford to keep him in Philly for 4 mil as a blocking TE. At least we sent him off with a Super Bowl ring.

    Oh BTW “Know it All”……….you don’t know as much as you think you know.

    “You don’t like us…we don’t care”

  19. You guys let Dawkins go early too. That was a huge mistake as he had 3 great years in Denver.

  20. @youknowimwrong…. We dont feel we are on the team. We are just REAL FANS that are dedicated and love our Eagles. We appreciate the work they pput in and they r viewed as family. So long B.C. thanks for everything.
    For now and always fly eagles fly!

  21. @youknowimright

    Yeah, it’s almost as if we’re the city of brotherly love or something… Not that you’d understand

  22. Thank you for all the years of being an exemplary player for the Eagles Brent. you defined what it meant to be an Eagle. Couldn’t be happier for you that you go out of Philadelphia a Super Bowl champion. People call you now a blocking TE but I remember when you were an almost pro-bowl level pass catcher too. Was able to meet you a few different times and you seem like a fantastic person. Congratulations on the SB, well deserved and wish you the absolute best at your next team. Whenever you retire you know that you will be in the ring of honor here at the Linc and I am sure that you won’t ever have to pay for a drink when you come back home. Great Eagle!

  23. They are in no way family….that my friend is where it gets weird….the whole real fan…we take over your stadium…we would die for this team is Looney toons…..there is a lot of growing up needed to be done in philly….if you guys focused that much energy into the city as you do the meaningless sports teams then maybe it wouldn’t be such a train wreck…you don’t like me and I don’t care…..wait a minute, bc I say stupid things like that, does that mean that I can cheer for the eagles Now……hilarious.

  24. wheywheyprotein says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:32 pm
    I thought Riley Cooper defines what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle?

    I thought Steve-O from jackass defines what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle?…Oh wait sorry he defines what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagles FAN! My bad.

  25. Youknowimright is a coward who would never have the guts to say any of these things to anybodys face, which is why he has two handles or names, one that he uses to post on his favorite teams posts, the other to come on and try to get under peoples skin. Like I said, just a P-SSY coward!

  26. How is Philadelphia a train wreck? The city generates almost half a trillion dollars in GDP every year. How much does your city generate?

  27. If it is so meaningless why do you troll every post? If you focused as much energy on your own life then you do on trolling an entire fan base then maybe you would have a life. The hypocrisy right in your own post. lol…

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    Youknowimright says:

    March 13, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    They are in no way family….that my friend is where it gets weird….the whole real fan…we take over your stadium…we would die for this team is Looney toons…..there is a lot of growing up needed to be done in philly….if you guys focused that much energy into the city as you do the meaningless sports teams then maybe it wouldn’t be such a train wreck…you don’t like me and I don’t care…..wait a minute, bc I say stupid things like that, does that mean that I can cheer for the eagles Now……hilarious.

  28. You guys are the best….I love how you guys can win the sb and i can still make you this mad….I am good….and I only have one acct….lol.

  29. Great Eagle for a long time….may waaaay too much money for what he is still able to provide. Would of loved to see him back, especially with Burton going, but he’s a vet minimum player at this point, not a 5 mil player

    All in all, Eagles got under the cap and can hold onto guys like Curry and Foles if they want to, or they can still move them if the right deal comes along. Very well done, once again, by Howie

  30. Christopher you absolutely nailed it. YouKnow is an absolute hypocrite and a coward. Not because he comes on to this site and comments, but because he is absolutely obsessed with trying to anger Eagle fans and trying to sound like he is so above it all. So let’s dig in to this. This is a clear sign of a person with some serious daddy issues. Did your dad love the Eagles and not you little guy? It’s ok man, if your life has whittled down to coming on here and trying (and failing) at angering people then I just feel bad for you and hope that you can find peace in your sad anger and maybe forgive your dad some day. In the mean time I hope you find solace in working so hard to anger people and next comment you put up bud I promise to give you a thumbs up so that you feel vindicated little buddy! One comment at a time we’ll help you get over that damage that papa did and get you on the path to happiness! 🙂

  31. @Youknowimright says:

    Here comes eagle fan with weird thank you for the memories, we will never forget you, you’ve meant so much to this city banter. When Dorenbos left it was like the world was ending, and he was a long snapper. This will be like a family member passing away. Hilarious how eagle fan acts like they are on the team and know the players!
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    It’s ok that you don’t understand the relationship Philly fans have with their players. And why is it that your posts always contradict your name? Hummm?

  32. hey Marv, do something that makes sense. Cincinnati kid and hell of a player. Much more durable than tyler glassfert. get it done today.
    Welcome home Brent

  33. uknowimright says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:24 pm
    Here comes eagle fan with weird thank you for the memories, we will never forget you, you’ve meant so much to this city banter. When Dorenbos left it was like the world was ending, and he was a long snapper. This will be like a family member passing away. Hilarious how eagle fan acts like they are on the team and know the players!

    ——————

    And this is why all of your picks, and statements are wrong. This is why Philly is the best football town in the country. There’s nobody close.

    I’m sure the copy of your teams last SB win is in VHS. What you don’t understand is that your posts don’t make anybody angry, it makes you look stupid.

  34. Best troll session ever….you guys take it way too seriously. hysterical..Love how eagle fan always wants to fight somebody no matter what the reason. … we’re from Philly we fight..yeah baby…but what do I know I’m just a hypocrite coward with daddy issues…wow you guys are angry…and that’s after the life changing sb win…wink. wink.

  35. Brent was sneaky good in his prime. I can see him being in the organization or in the local media in some capacity in the not too distant future, but if he still wants to play he should follow his heart. I hope he gets picked up.

  36. Youknowimright says:
    March 13, 2018 at 3:36 pm
    They are in no way family….that my friend is where it gets weird….the whole real fan…we take over your stadium…we would die for this team is Looney toons…..there is a lot of growing up needed to be done in philly….if you guys focused that much energy into the city as you do the meaningless sports teams then maybe it wouldn’t be such a train wreck…you don’t like me and I don’t care…..wait a minute, bc I say stupid things like that, does that mean that I can cheer for the eagles Now……hilarious.
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    Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son. You are trying too hard. Maybe you should focus your efforts in a more productive way. Enjoying the Eagles success would be a good place to start and a great learning experience for you.

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