A fifth-round draft pick in 2007, Celek played all 11 of his National Football League seasons in Philadelphia, missing just one game during that span. But his production has waned in recent seasons and the Eagles will save $4 million in salary cap space by releasing him.
With the loss of Celek and now the loss of Trey Burton, the Eagles have a lot of work to do this offseason with finding a backup for Zach Ertz. There is still a chance he returns at a much smaller contract, but if not, the Eagles now are in need of a second tight end.
Johnson, 27, is under contract with the Eagles through the 2021 season.
Celek was the longest-tenured player on Philadelphia's roster.
Don't be surprised if a few other Eagles' players help the team move money around - like Jason Peters - so the team can add a few more Ngata-like players as they look to build on last year's depth and injury-versatility.
Numerous players who battled alongside Celek in 2017 to win Super Bowl LII shared glowing thoughts about their now former teammate. 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.
We all know that this business decision was far from personal, as Celek has been an outstanding leader on and off the field for the Eagles. The 6-4, 255-pound tight end caught 398 passes for 4,998 yards and 31 touchdowns during his career with the Eagles. "This one is as tough as they come, but in our eyes, Brent will always be an Eagle".