Veteran tight end Brent Celek has informed the Philadelphia Eagles he is retiring and will release a farewell statement on the team's website Friday morning.
Drafted in the fifth round out of Cincinnati in 2007, Celek missed only one game during his 11-year career, catching 398 passes for 4,998 yards and 31 touchdowns. He attracted interest from other teams after his release but decided against continuing his career.
"In the end, I just couldn't fathom putting on another uniform," Celek told NFL.com. "I had a perfect ending, and it was time."