Eagles Must Make Vinny Curry a Priority
Along with 12 unrestricted free agents, defensive end Vinny Curry is among the Eagles whose future with the team is at least somewhat uncertain, but re-signing Curry should be a priority for the team.
Curry, the 59th pick in the 2012 draft, was an imperfect fit in the Eagles' 3-4 scheme after being drafted as a pure 4-3 end by the Andy Reid regime, but he still managed 16.5 sacks over the past three seasons as a sub-package rusher. Now in Jim Schwartz 4-3, he projects as a perfect fit for the "Wide 9" front and could lead the Eagles in sacks and be a disruptive force along with Fletcher Cox.
Beat writer Jimmy Kempski from Phillyvoice.com was asked Friday on "The Sports Bash" how Curry might fit in to the Eagles plans next year.
"Curry is a really talented pass rusher," Kempski explained.
"In my opinion, he's there best edge rusher and in a 4-3 he'll get more time on the playing field. If you're going to a 4-3 especially the way Jim Schwartz like to attack, he's a guy who really makes all the sense in the wold to make a big effort to get back in here."
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According to NJ.com reports, the Eagles have already made a contract offer to Curry, showing how important they think he is to their defense moving forward.
Curry was drafted in the second round out of Marshal, playing in only six games as a rookie. He began to see more playing time during his second season, Chip Kelly's first in Philadelphia, notching four sacks in limited time. In 2014 he had nine sacks, but saw that number slip to just 3.5 this season.
Maybe the biggest determining factor in Curry's future in Philadelphia is how much money he could generate in free agency. One team to keep an eye on for his services?
New York needs to upgrading a pass rush that finished 30th in the league in sacks in 2015 making a player like Curry a intriguing option for the Giants in free agency.
If the Eagles lost Curry to the Giants, it could cause a major shift in the division, giving the Giants something they sorely lack, while taking it from their division rivals.