The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to retain two of their top defensive linemen for the long-term, according to a report from Howard Eskin. Eskin's report lines up with an NJ.com report that the Eagles have already offered a contract to Curry.
I'm hearing preliminary talks with #Eagles and Fletcher Cox (no surprise) and Vinny Curry. Good chance could play 4-3 D.Line next season— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) January 4, 2016
It's certainly no surprise that the Eagles have interest in keeping these players. The 25-year-old Cox is headed to his first Pro Bowl after having a beastly season. Cox finished with a career high in sacks (9.5), tackles (50), and forced fumbles (3). He also recovered two fumbles and deflected two passes. Cox is under contract for 2016 but is eligible for an extension.
Curry, on the other hand, is set to be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts in March. Many thought Curry would eventually leave the Eagles since he's not an ideal fit for the team's two-gap 3-4 defense, but it now seems like a change back to the 4-3 is on the horizon. The Eagles haven't hired a new head coach or defensive coordinator yet so it's hard to say for sure, though.
Either way, Eagles fans will be happy about this news. Cox and Curry are not only good players; they're fan favorites. Both players figure to be important contributors to the defense moving forward.