By releasing Celek, the Eagles saved about $4 million toward the 2018 salary cap.
Celek, 33, was the longest-tenured member on the Eagles team. 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.
Robinson was one of four former Florida State stars to get a Super Bowl ring this season - joined by defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, linebacker Nigel Bradham and fellow defensive back Ronald Darby, all of who have signed long term deals with the team. Celek would likely be relegated to a passing-down only player moving forward, which makes his skill set even more niche.
The Eagles diminished Celek's role in the offense over the past two seasons. He was used mostly as a blocking tight end. He has just 27 receptions for 285 yards and one touchdown in 32 games since 2016. Burton etched his name into Philadelphia lore last month for his part in the "Philly Special" during Super Bowl LII. Unfortunately, in this business we are forced to make hard decisions, especially this time of the year. During his Eagles career, Celek totaled 398 catches for 4,998 yards and 31 touchdowns, marking the eighth-most receiving yards and 11th-most receiving touchdowns (tied) in Eagles history. "This one is as tough as they come, but in our eyes, Brent will always be an Eagle".