Eagles part with longtime TE Brent Celek

Eagles Draft Series Analyzing WRs Courtland Sutton and Christian Kirk

Eagles Draft Series Analyzing WRs Courtland Sutton and Christian Kirk

The Philadelphia Eagles took a significant step toward sliding under the salary cap Tuesday by restructuring the contract of all-pro right tackle Lane Johnson, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

In the 2010 season, Celek's 65-yard TD play kick-started one of the most dramatic victories in club history, the 38-31 walk-off win over the Giants at the Meadowlands.

Celek, 33, was a fifth-round pick in 2007 and was remarkably durable in his decade-plus with the Eagles, missing just one game in 2012 due to a concussion.

The Eagles shared a heartfelt message about Celek's departure, noting that "Brent Celek defines what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle".

After the season, Celek mentioned wanting to play another year, but without question a day will come when he retires in Philadelphia. "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", the team said in a statement.

The Eagles are now strapped for cap space and will stand to save $4 million with Celek's release. They cheered for the Super Bowl champ as he waved and thanked them.

Celek set career highs in 2009 with 76 receptions for 971 yards and eight touchdowns. 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.

Last season, Johnson was named to the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro.

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