2:45 p.m.: Patrick Robinson is close to signing with the Saints, according to the reports. 

12:20 p.m.: Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen is expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when the league year starts at 4 p.m. today, according to reports. 

10:00 a.m. : Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham will be returning to the Super Bowl Champions next season, according to the club.

“Nigel plays with tremendous energy and fire and has made a number of impact plays for us at the linebacker position. Keeping him here was a priority of ours and we are looking forward to his future here in Philadelphia,” according to a statement from the club. 

9:00 a.m.: Tight end Brent Celek will be playing for another NFL team in 2018.

The Philadelphia Eagles released the popular veteran on Tuesday, thus ending an 11-year career in Philadelphia.

"Brent Celek defines what it means to be a Philadelphia Eagle," the team said Tuesday in a statement. "His dedication to his profession and this organization is unmatched and he will go down as one of the best tight ends in franchise history.

"Brent embodied the City of Philadelphia’s temperament and character with his toughness and grit. He has been a huge part of everything we have been building over the last decade and it is only fitting that he was able to help us win our first Super Bowl last season."

In addition to releasing Celek, who was the longest-tenured Eagle, the team also restructured tackle Lane Johnson's contract in order to comply with the NFL's salary cap.

According to ESPN.com, they also added a couple of players. Former Detroit defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and Denver linebacker/special teamer Cory Nelson both agreed to terms on one-year contracts. Those deals cannot become official until 4 p.m. Wednesday, which marks the start of the new league year.

In addition to cutting Celek, they also parted ways with tight end Trey Burton. Burton, who is about to become an unrestricted free agent, agreed to terms on a four-year, $32 million contract with Chicago, per ESPN.com. Defensive tackle Beau Allen, another free agent, is said to be close to signing with Tampa Bay.

"Thank you for the entire Eagles organization for giving me a shot," Allen wrote on Instagram Tuesday. "Thank you to the coaches and staff who have helped mold me into the player and person I am today. Huge shoutout to the city and fans! Thank you for embracing me and showing this dude from the Midwest what it means to be from Philly!"

Celek, 33, joined the Eagles as a fifth-round draft choice out of the University of Cincinnati in 2007. During those 11 seasons, he became known as a tough, durable player who was an outstanding blocker, reliable receiver and one of the strongest leaders.

His 175 games played ranks fourth in franchise history behind place-kicker David Akers (188), safety Brian Dawkins (183) and wide receiver Harold Carmichael (180). He missed just one game after sustaining a concussion in 2012.

Celek, who was the longest-tenured Eagle, caught 398 passes for 4,998 yards with 31 touchdowns. He had a career-low 13 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown. But he still played a significant role in helping the Eagles win the Super Bowl.

"Brent may not have had the best statistical year of his career, but this was without a doubt his best year of LEADERSHIP," Eagles tight end Zach Ertz said on Twitter Tuesday. "From the moment this past season began, he consistently instilled a level of confidence that we had a chance to do something special! And WE DID IT!"

 The Eagles entered Tuesday approximately $9 million over the $177.2 million limit. They saved $5 million by releasing Celek. Johnson's restructuring reduced his cap hit from $12.48 million to $4.98 million for this season, according to ESPN. The Pro Bowl right tackle will also receive a $4.2 million roster bonus.

"Unfortunately, in this business we are forced to make difficult decisions, especially this time of the year," the Eagles statement said. "(Releasing Celek) is as tough as they come, but in our eyes, Brent will always be an Eagle."

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