Here’s why Vinny Curry being resigned by the Philadelphia Eagles is important.
Defensive end Vinny Curry has quietly been one of the most consistent Philadelphia Eagles players since he entered the league in 2012. As a rotational piece, Curry outperformed expectations last year with five sacks and earned his keep on the roster. By now, you’ve probably heard the news that both the “Birds” and Curry have agreed on a one-year deal that’s worth $1.3 million guaranteed, but with his sack and playoff incentives, he can get that total up to $2 million.
The Eagles have a defensive line that has the potential to be the best in the league. Adding Curry to the mix only helps that cause. In fact, he’s tied for fifth place in pressure rate (16.8%) with TJ Watt, one of the best pass rushers in the league. Curry knows Jim Schwartz’s scheme and figures to get plenty of work behind Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett on the depth chart.
The move may appear to be an insignificant one, but it’s also a very telling course of action the Eagles plan to take in the future. They made a point of emphasis getting younger and faster this offseason, and for the most part, they’ve delivered on that promise. Still, his signing doesn’t fit that narrative.
Curry is 32 years old and has never been especially quick for his position. 23-year-old Josh Sweat seemed ready to fill Curry’s shoes and the Eagles were linked in rumors to free-agent pass rushers like Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffen. Philly had more than $20 million in cap space to sign a premier edge rusher, so why him? Let’s get into the answers.