The Philadelphia Eagles made the tough decision to part ways with longtime tight end Brent Celek on Tuesday afternoon to help get the team under the salary cap.
The financially-motivated move was obviously a tough one for the organization. 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.
It's only fitting he went out with a parade.
The Eagles shared a heartfelt message about Celek's departure, noting that "Brent Celek defines what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle."
Many of the players who battled alongside Celek in 2017 to win Super Bowl LII shared glowing thoughts about their now former teammate.
Chris Long called Celek a "Philly legend." Lane Johnson called him a friend, leader, champion, and "one of the best to ever do it." Beau Allen called Celek an "absolute grinder and true brother."
You can see some of these messages in full below. And remember: we'll always have Broad Street.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 13, 2018
— Lane Johnson (@Lanejohnson65) March 13, 2018
I've had very few better teammates than @BrentCelek . I knew it from the outside but this year confirmed it for me: Celek is a philly legend! 11 year run, so loved. So much respect for you as a player and teammate. Brother 4 life!!
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) March 13, 2018
Can't say enough about @BrentCelek as a teammate and friend. Unbelievably humble and hardworking guy - an absolute grinder and a true brother. Happy we got that ring together Celsie!! pic.twitter.com/m1i7SJkW3y
— Beau Allen (@Beau_Allen) March 13, 2018
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