The Eagles announced Celek's release on Tuesday. 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.
He and the Birds front office manipulated the contract of offensive tackle Lane Johnson to offset some of his $12.5 million cap hit to just under $5 million. With Philadelphia needing to free up cash to get under the cap by Wednesday's deadline, Celek was sacrificed in order to accomplish that goal. 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).More news: Albert Wilson intends to sign with Dolphins
Obviously, the most important factor for the Eagles is Zach Ertz is still around for years to come since he's the No. 1 option for this offense. He missed just one regular-season game during his time with the Eagles, and that was because he couldn't pass concussion protocol on a short week in 2012. The Eagles were able to create $7.5 million in cap space according to a report by ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates.
The Miami native and former second team All-ACC player will command some money based on his past season - whether it comes from the Eagles or another team has yet to be decided, but it seems like the men in green aren't going down without a fight.More news: Heather Locklear domestic violence charges dropped
This leaves the Jets, Cardinals and Dolphins as the few teams that may be interested in giving Philly the return they want for Foles - at least a first rounder.More news: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Reboot Just Needs Joss Whedon, Says Fox Head