The Philadelphia Eagles released Vinny Curry on Friday afternoon. Curry broke the news himself via his Instagram account.
This cut obviously doesn’t come as a surprise. Earlier this month, it was reported that the Eagles were likely to move on from their veteran defensive end.
Curry didn’t have a bad season last year. The 2012 second-round pick was quietly solid in his first campaign as a full-time starter.
The problem is that Curry, who turns 30 in June, wasn’t productive enough to justify his $11 million cap number in 2018. He only has nine sacks in his last 50 games. Sacks are hardly the only indicator of pressure but that’s not gonna cut it.
The Eagles reportedly tried to alter Curry’s contract, but it’s clear the two sides couldn’t agree on a new deal. The trade market for Curry was weak with the rest of the NFL knowing Philadelphia would likely have to cut him.
By releasing Curry, the Eagles save $5 million in cap space (compared to $6 million in dead money).
While it’s sad to see Curry go, it’s nice to know that the life-long Eagles fan got to be a key contributor on his favorite team’s first Super Bowl win in franchise history.
The Eagles have plenty of depth at defensive end despite moving on from Curry. Brandon Graham, Michael Bennett, Derek Barnett, Chris Long, and Steven Means is still a really strong rotation.
Here’s a look at Curry’s final goodbye message to Philly.
Who would’ve thought a small town boy from Neptune, NJ who grew up an Eagles fan, would’ve been drafted to his favorite team and win his and the teams first Super Bowl Championship! All Gods Plan! Philadelphia, Thank You! Thank you fans for opening your arms and taking me in as one of your own! This has been a dream come true for me to have the ability to play for my dream team and bring the Lombardi trophy home to you all! Thank you to the entire Eagles organization, coaching staff and my teammates, MY BROTHERS! UNDERDOGS! Without you guys, none of this would’ve been possible! I love you all from the bottom of my heart! I am humbled by this opportunity and can’t be more proud to call myself an Eagle for life! This experience has been one hell of a ride! I can’t wait to see what the future now holds for me. Thank You Philly!
UPDATE: Eagles officially confirm the news and release a statement of their own.
March 16, 2018