Eagles release TE Brent Celek, their longest-tenured player

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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. Prior to his release, he was the longest-tenured active professional athlete in Philadelphia.

The Eagles announced Celek's release on Tuesday.

As expected, the Philadelphia Eagles have cut ties with the longtime veteran, Brent Celek. And even though Celek recently indicated he would love to return for another National Football League season, it will be interesting to see if the veteran tight ends sticks to that decision or simply decides to call it a career by going out as a victor. Not only will he go down as one of the greatest tight ends for the Eagles of all time, but he will go down as one of the most beloved Eagles' during his long and successful tenure on the birds. His role has been altered significantly with the emergence of Zach Ertz, with Celek finishing with a career-low total in catches (13) and receiving yards (130) last season. Brent embodied the City of Philadelphia's temperament and character with his toughness and grit.

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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. Unfortunately, in this business we are forced to make hard 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 finished with 398 catches for 4,998 receiving yards and 31 receiving touchdowns in his 175 games with the Eagles.