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Eagles Bring Back A Familiar Face at DE

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The Philadelphia Eagles brought back an old familiar friend to the nest on Monday with officially signing Super Bowl Winning Defensive End Vinny Curry to a one-year deal.

The 32- year old Curry is entering his 9th season in the NFL, spending seven of eight seasons in the City of Brotherly Love(Played for Tampa in 2018) including last season where he recorded the 2nd most sacks of his career(5 sacks), the most since 2014.

In his career per Pro Football Reference he has recorded 178 combined tackles, 43 tackles for loss, 29.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 82 QB hits.

The 2012 2nd Round Pick joins a room filled defensive group which includes Brandon Graham, Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett, as well as Genard Avery, Josh Sweat, Shareef Miller, Joe Ostman, and Casey Toohill.

More notes on Curry

• Posted five sacks and 34 QB pressures and hits, while playing 38 percent of the snaps in 2019.

• The five sacks marked the second-highest total of his career.

• Curry played in all 17 regular-season and playoff games in 2019.

• As an Eagle, Curry has accounted for 27 sacks and 32.5 tackles for loss.

• He has played in exactly 100 regular-season games as an Eagle, with 18 starts.

• In 2017, Curry was a full-time starter for the first year of his career. He responded with career highs in tackles (48), tackles for loss (13), and QB pressures and hits (41).

There was no doubt the Eagles needed to find some help to bolster their pass rush that was 14th in sacks(43 as a team) in 2019 but the question among Eagles fans is why not look at signing free agents Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffen?

For one obvious reason was the price tag. Curry's deal with the Eagles is reportedly worth up to $2 million with $1.3 million guaranteed per Reporter Ian Rapoport, where there were reports Clowney was seeking "at least" $17 million a year on the free agent market. There have been no reports on what Griffen was looking as far as money but im sure it wasn't that cheap. And another reason is production... Clowney had a down season last year with only 3 sacks for the Seattle Seahawks. While Griffen did have a solid season for the Minnesota Vikings with 8 sacks, but he is on the wrongside of 30(32 years old) and really how much more production can he still provide at his age at that price tag.

With the current Covid Pandemic cancelling mini camps, cancelling preseason, limiting Training Camps, it was a no brainer for the Eagles to bring back Curry. He is someone who has worked under Jim Schwartz's defensive scheme and provides a lot of versatility being able to play outside and inside along the defensive front and has proven he is able to not only get to the Quarberback but is able to make plays in the run game. The real question is, what does the move say about the defensive ends they already have? To me, it says they don't have a lot of confidence in the guys the guys they have to develop. The Eagles talk about getting younger as a team but then bring in a 32 year old defensive end when they traded a 4th rounder to get Genard Avery and drafted Shareff Miller in the 4th round last season who didn't even dressed in his rookie year. The Eagles are still high on Josh Sweat but let's be real, he isn't going to be more than a rotational role player off the bench.

With his familiarity and cheap price tag, he was the right decision for the Eagles to give them the defensive line depth they desperately needed especially with many unknowns at defensive end.

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