Two For The Road

Posted: March 16th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Two For The Road

Howie Roseman is one of the best traders in the NFL, if not the best. But he is a mere mortal. When teams know the Eagles are likely to cut a player, not even Howie relentlessly working the phones can be enough.

They couldn’t work out a trade. Some reported the Eagles couldn’t get him to take a pay cut. I’m not sure what to make of that idea. No matter what was going on, the bottom line is that Curry is gone and the Eagles now have additional cap space.

Curry was a good player for the Eagles, despite the fact he had some tough circumstances at times. He didn’t play much as a rookie in 2012 and then was thrown into the 3-4 defense from 2013-2015. Curry did post good numbers in 2014, with 9 sacks and 4 FFs. I thought Curry would thrive when Jim Schwartz brought the 4-3 back in 2016. That just didn’t happen.

Curry proved to be an excellent run defender as the RDE. He set the edge, forcing RBs to stay inside or bounce deep and to the outside. Curry had 13 TFLs over the last two years. He would penetrate and blow plays up.

The problem is that Curry wasn’t good enough as a pass rusher. He only totaled 5.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Curry did get pressure more frequently than that sack total would indicate, but the coaches were frustrated with his inability to finish plays. Curry was due $11M this year and you can’t get paid like that if you aren’t more of a playmaker.

It would have been cool for Curry, who grew up an Eagles fan, to play in Philly for his whole career. Unfortunately, football is a business and that didn’t happen. Curry did say goodbye with an Instagram post.

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That’s a great way of looking at things. Not every contract extension is going to work out. When two guys turn into stars and the other is still above average…that’s how you build a Super Bowl team.

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More news.

This is good news for the Eagles.

Blount played well for the Eagles in 2017. He had some great moments (that run vs the Chargers was football heaven). But Blount was an awkward fit as well, with his limited ability as a receiver. He’s 31 and more of a luxury than a necessity. I’m shocked he got that much money, but happy for him.

The Eagles will have Jay Ajayi as the workhorse RB this year. Corey Clement is going to be a key player for the offense. Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey give the team another couple of young options. The Eagles will add a rookie RB to the mix. The draft class is loaded so the team will have some good options.

If anything happens between now and August, the team could look to add a veteran. I think the smart thing is to go young at RB. Save money there if you can.

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Blount’s deal with Detroit helps the Eagles in the hunt for 2019 comp picks. PK Caleb Sturgis signed with the Chargers as well.

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Tyrann Mathieu signed a one-year deal with the Texans tonight. It wasn’t ever likely that he would come to Philly, but it made for a fun thought.

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