Report: Vinny Curry, Eagles in Contract Talks; Trade Possible Amid Release Rumor

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 31: Vinny Curry #75 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on December 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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In an effort to clear cap space, the Philadelphia Eagles and defensive end Vinny Curry are in talks on a new contract, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Rapoport previously reported the Eagles would release Curry.

Curry has spent his entire six-year career with the Eagles after being taken in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft. He started all 16 regular-season games and three playoff games in the team's run to the Super Bowl this past season.

The 29-year-old totaled three sacks during the season as well as a career high of 42 tackles, ranking seventh on the team.

He also totaled 47 pressures this year, per James Palmer of NFL Network, showcasing his ability to make a difference even when he doesn't get to the quarterback.

Despite his obvious impact, it would be difficult to live up to his contract. Curry signed a five-year, $47 million deal that kept him under team control through 2020, per Spotrac. He will have a base salary of at least $9 million each remaining season with a cap hit of at least $11 million.

However, an out in his contract allows the Eagles to release him with $6 million in dead cap space.

Considering the team's depth along the defensive line, including the emergence of rookie Derek Barnett, Curry is expendable.

On the other hand, Curry should have plenty of interest if he hits the open market as a proven pass-rusher coming off a Super Bowl title. With other top options like Ezekiel Ansah and DeMarcus Lawrence unlikely to leave their current teams, the free-agent supply will be light this offseason for a position that is always in high demand.

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