Eagles release TE Brent Celek, ready to sign DT Haloti Ngata

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Tight end Brent Celek was not only the longest-tenured member of the Philadelphia Eagles, but he was also beloved by teammates and fans alike.

Celek played his entire 11-year career with the Eagles, playing in 175 of a possible 176 regular season games.

It's only fitting he went out with a parade.

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek (87) runs after catching a pass against Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford (98) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium.

Numerous players who battled alongside Celek in 2017 to win Super Bowl LII shared glowing thoughts about their now former teammate.

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Celek set career highs in 2009 with 76 receptions for 971 yards and eight touchdowns. Unfortunately, in this business we are forced to make hard decisions, especially this time of the year.

Celek was considered a true professional and team-first player since he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. On Monday alone, the Miami Dolphins cut former Seminole star Lawrence Timmons and the Philadelphia Eagles made it known they want one former Nole back.

Haloti Ngata, who starred for the Baltimore Ravens, where Eagles vice president of football personnel Joe Douglas worked, will join the Eagles on a one-year contract once the league year begins Wednesday, according to ESPN.

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

The Eagles diminished Celek's role in the offense over the past two seasons. After a long journey in an Eagles uniform, it was all capped off by a Super Bowl title, the first in franchise history.

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