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On Tuesday, March 13th, the Eagles released their longest tenured player Brent Celek. Celek entered the league in 2007 where he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round. He spent his whole 11 year career with the Birds, playing 175 career games (fourth most in team history).

Brent Celek is the definition of what a Philadelphian athlete is supposed to represent: blue-collared individual with an unbelievable work ethic and passion for not only the game of football, but for the city of Philadelphia. Celek finishes his career with 398 receptions, 4,998 receiving yards, and 31 receiving touchdowns. Possibly the most impressive attribute that Brent Celek possesses is his durability and toughness. Celek’s play style was nothing short of rough and tough, mainly used as a blocking tight end for his career. Playing in the trenches for all 11 seasons as practically a sixth lineman, it is extremely impressive that he has only ever missed one game due to injury. The injury suffered was a small concussion on a short week, and he was not able to pass protocol. No one will ever forget Brent Celek as he will go down as a Philadelphia legend and Super Bowl champion. Thank you to one of the toughest football players to ever put on the midnight green, Brent Celek.

Brent Celek was released due to age and his impending cap hit of five million for 2018. Getting rid of the veteran tight end will allow more flexibility for the Eagles’ and their current struggle with players contracts and younger talent. However Howie Roseman and the Eagles decide to go about business, getting rid of Celek was the right move, as sad as it was. With the Eagles most likely headed in the direction of drafting a linebacker with their 32nd overall draft pick, it shouldn’t be completely written off that Penn State’s Mike Gesicki should be available for the taking. Yes, I am aware that the Eagles possess one of the league’s most skilled pass catchers with Zach Ertz. However, Trey Burton was a huge reason for the Eagles’ success in 2017 as well, and he is now a Chicago Bear. Gesicki would be able to fill that open void. The Eagles are no stranger to drafting and adding to a strength either. Just take the 2017 draft for example. With a loaded defensive line, the Birds stick to their draft board anyways and go with best player available, defensive end Derek Barnett. With the Eagles not having a second or third round pick at the moment, Gesicki (projected as an early second round prospect) may just be taken by Roseman and company.

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