Tuesday, amid a flurry of offseason announcement from insiders like Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter, Philadelphia agreed to a one-year deal with the former Lions tackle. And, of course, he was a Super Bowl champion. 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.
The Eagles are now strapped for cap space and will stand to save $4 million with Celek's release. It also allows Philly to keep the aformentioned Curry, who was the subject of cut rumors (though he still may be let go or restructured). Celek recently told Eagles beat reporter Jeff McLane that he's not ready to hang up his cleats; however, he'll have to take on a niche role in order to prove valuable to tight end-needy teams. 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.
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.
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. The Eagles were able to create $7.5 million in cap space according to a report by ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates. He has led the team in receptions in each of the previous two seasons.