Eagles players get sentimental on loss of ‘true brother' Brent Celek

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The 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.

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