By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor
A bit over a month ago, the Buccaneers released Vinny Curry.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Eagles had made an offer to the veteran.
On Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that a one-year deal between Curry and the Eagles was done.
The #Eagles are signing old friend Vinny Curry to a 1-year deal worth $2.25M, source said. He gets an additional $1.25M of upside based on incentives. The #Bengals brought him in recently, but he opted to return home to Philly. https://t.co/kjgFKD3NQU— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 21, 2019
The deal is reportedly worth $2.25 million.
The Eagles Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett entrenched as starters and, should he choose to return, Chris Long is the clear third DE on the roster. The team also has Josh Sweat, who scouts gave second-round value to in the 2017 draft, who could take a massive leap forward with increased snaps and the Eagles could still pick up another lineman in this year’s draft which is historically deep with defensive line talent.
With Curry back, he could be anywhere from the third to the sixth end on the roster, though the fourth or fifth would be most likely.
The additions of both Malik Jackson and Vinny Curry could make the retirement of Chris Long more likely as they add defensive end depth and Malik could still play DT in the NASCAR packages instead of a third defensive end. If he were to return, however, the defensive end rotation would be nearly the same as 2017 with the addition of Josh Sweat and a potential draft pick.
Due to Curry being released, his signing will not count against the compensatory pick formula.
Even if we assume that the full value of his contract counts against the cap this season, the Eagles still have plenty of space to make more moves.
Eagles 2019 Salary Cap Transaction Table
|Transaction||Salary Change||New Cap Space|
|Cap Space as of February 25, 2019||-||$3,613,815|
|Eagles Extend Brandon Graham||+$3,500,000||$113,815|
|Eagles Decline Tim Jernigan's Option||-$7,000,000||$7,113,815|
|Eagles Extend Jason Kelce||-$4,000,000||$11,113,815|
|Eagles Extend Isaac Seumalo||+$800,000||$10,313,815|
|Lane Johnson Restructures Deal||-$8,200,000||$18,513,815|
|Eagles Trade Michael Bennett||-$7,200,000||$25,713,815|
|Eagles Sign Jason Peters to One-Year Deal||-$2,000,000||$27,713,815|
|Eagles Decline Wisniewski’s 2019 Option||-$3,000,000||$30,713,815|
|Eagles Tender Nate Sudfeld||+$3,095,000||$27,618,815|
|Eagles Sign L.J. Fort||+$1,410,416||$26,208,399|
|Eagles Sign Malik Jackson||+$2,800,000||$23,408,399|
|Eagles Restructure Nigel Bradham’s Deal||-$4,365,000||$27,773,399|
|Eagles Acquire/Extend DeSean Jackson||+$3,164,000||$24,408,399|
|Ronald Darby Re-Signs||-$2,825,000||$21,583,399|
|Eagles Sign Vinny Curry||-$2,250,000*||$19,333,399|
|Eagles Sign Andrew Sendejo||-||$19,333,399|
* - Indicates number is a projection and not yet official
With around $6.5 million needed for signing draft picks and assuming a rather small deal for Sendejo that has yet to be released, the Eagles should have near $10 million to use in free agency should they choose to use it.
It could also be saved to rollover into next season and help absorb the impact of an extension for Carson Wentz.