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. The $7.5 million in savings nearly gets the Eagles under the number they need to be under the cap when the new league year starts Wednesday at 4 p.m.
However, when it comes to the team parting ways with their longest-tenured player in tight end Brent Celek, it's safe to say this was the decision that hurts the most for fans.
Celek is now known as the longest tenured athlete in Philadelphia.
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.
The Eagles announced Celek's release on Tuesday. The 33-year-old was a fifth-round draft pick by the team in 2007 and only missed one game in his career. He has seen his receiving role in the offense significantly shrink over the last two years, as he's totaled just 27 total catches, 285 yards and one touchdown.
Numerous players who battled alongside Celek in 2017 to win Super Bowl LII shared glowing thoughts about their now former teammate. And even though Celek recently indicated he would love to return for another National Football League season, it will be interesting to see if the veteran tight ends sticks to that decision or simply decides to call it a career by going out as a victor.
To make room for Ngata, and for perhaps cornerback Patrick Robinson - with whom the Eagles are reportedly close to retaining - Howie Roseman turned to his best weapon: the calculator.