Philadelphia Eagles release TE Brent Celek after 11 seasons

FSU Alums: Eagles working hard to keep Patrick Robinson with team

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Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan, the recently traded-for-Michael Bennet and now Haloti Ngata will man the inside, while Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Chris Long and Vinny Curry come around the outside. Ngata had just two sacks in five games past year, but when healthy, he is a healthy run-stuffer. And, of course, he was a Super Bowl champion. With Philadelphia needing to free up cash to get under the cap by Wednesday's deadline, Celek was sacrificed in order to accomplish that goal. Earlier Tuesday, the restructured the contract of offensive tackle Lane Johnson to save about $7 million in cap money.

The Eagles released tight end Brent Celek on Tuesday, saying goodbye to the team's longest-tenured player after 11 seasons.

By releasing Celek, the Eagles saved about $4 million toward the 2018 salary cap.

And as the Eagles aim to situate themselves as perennial contenders, they become more appealing to veterans like Ngata.

Blocking specialist tight ends are still regularly employed around the National Football League, though their numbers are dwindling in favor of pass-catchers with blocking upside. This will likely limit interest in him as well as the value of the contract he signs, but shouldn't completely drives teams away to the point where he is not employed for the upcoming season. Ertz is coming off another terrific season where he led the team with 74 receptions and 824 receiving yards and was tied for second with eight touchdowns.

This leaves the Jets, Cardinals and Dolphins as the few teams that may be interested in giving Philly the return they want for Foles - at least a first rounder.