The Eagles are bringing back defensive end Vinny Curry, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. Philly.com first reported a deal was close.
The one-year deal is worth $2.25 million and Curry can earn an extra $1.25 million in incentives, a league source said.
Curry, 30, played six years for the Eagles before joining the Bucs last offseason. But Curry made it just one year into his three-year, $23 million contract before he was cut by Tampa Bay. The move saved the Bucs $8 million in 2019 cap space. Since Curry was cut, he won't affect the Eagles' compensatory pick formula.
Bringing back Curry will help provide the Eagles some depth at defensive end. The plan is to start Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett, but then there isn't much depth. Second-year player Josh Sweat is unproven. At least Curry will give the Eagles a veteran defensive end for the rotation.
Chris Long, 34, is under contract, but has been non-committal about his future. The Eagles would still like to have him back.
I expect them to draft one or two, but here's an updated look at the #Eagles DL depth chart (if Chris Long stays):
DE: Barnett, Long, Sweat
DT: Jackson, Hester
DT: Cox, Hector
DE: Graham, Curry, Hall, Ostman— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) March 21, 2019
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In his six seasons with the Eagles, Curry played in 84 games with 23 starts. He had 22 sacks in an Eagles uniform, with nine of them coming during the 2014 season. He never had more than four sacks in any other season.
Curry, who grew up as an Eagles fan, was taken by the Eagles in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft.
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