The $7.5 million in savings nearly gets the Eagles under the number they need to be under the cap when the new league year starts Wednesday at 4 p.m.
The Eagles announced Celek's release on Tuesday.
Malcolm Butler To Sign With Titans
Butler's contract will be a five-year, $61 million deal with $30 million guaranteed, a source told NFL Media's Ian Rapoport . Butler joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and has won two Super Bowls with the team in his four seasons.
The Philadelphia Eagles have released tight end Brent Celek after 11 seasons. His teammates and fans were sad to see the longest-tenured player go. Philly drafted him in the fifth round in 2007 and spent his entire 11-year National Football League career with the team. His 971 receiving yards that season are the second-most by a tight end in Eagles history, trailing only Pete Retzlaff's 1,190 receiving yards in 1965. He was used mostly as a blocking tight end. The 6-4, 255-pound tight end caught 398 passes for 4,998 yards and 31 touchdowns during his career with the Eagles.
Celek finished with only 13 catches for 130 yards and one touchdown last season.
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Kelly was touched by her performance of "Piece By Piece" and couldn't believe that she didn't turn around for the singer. Shelton then joked that he was actually surprised that he was ever invited to Clarkson's home.
Johnson, 27, is under contract with the Eagles through the 2021 season. But when looking at how much he's been through since coming on board in 2007, both good and bad, Celek deserves all of the credit in the world for sticking it out with Philadelphia, as he's always been one of the most respected players in the locker room.
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. A few teams are off the market for quarterbacks, as Drew Brees signed a two-year, $50 million deal with New Orleans, Case Keenum reportedly agreed to play for the Broncos, and Kirk Cousins agreed to a likely three-year, $84 million deal with Minnesota.
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With Beau Allen set to become a free agent, the Super Bowl champion Eagles were in the market for depth at defensive tackle. Ngata was selected to five straight Pro Bowls from 2009-2013 and was a back-to-back All-Pro performer in 2010 and 2011.