Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Eagles players get sentimental on loss of 'true brother' Brent Celek

Eagles players get sentimental on loss of 'true brother' Brent Celek

The next move to get under the cap will likely involve Vinny Curry. Ngata had just two sacks in five games previous year, but when healthy, he is a healthy run-stuffer. While Philly gets to sign an accomplished defensive tackle without much risk, Ngata gets a chance to truly chase another Super Bowl championship.

The Eagles are now strapped for cap space and will stand to save $4 million with Celek's release.

To make room for Ngata, and for perhaps cornerback Patrick Robinson - with whom the Eagles are reportedly close to retaining - Howie Roseman turned to his best weapon: the calculator.

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles parted ways with veteran tight end Brent Celek. Celek was the longest-tenured athlete in the city having spent 11 seasons with the Birds and a model of toughness and what the Eagles organization wants in a player. Celek recently told Eagles beat reporter Jeff McLane that he's not ready to hang up his cleats; however, he'll have to take on a niche role in order to prove valuable to tight end-needy teams.

Ngata's looming arrival also illustrates that the Eagles remain open to adding veterans on one-year contracts.

Burton, known now for throwing the "Philly Special" touchdown pass on fourth down in Super Bowl LII, inked a huge deal with the Bears Tuesday. Finding tight-end depth will be a big need this offseason. The Eagles were able to create $7.5 million in cap space according to a report by ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates. And though he has totaled fewer than 200 receiving yards and has totaled just 27 catches over the previous two seasons, receiving isn't the bread-and-butter of his game.

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