Eagles release DE Curry

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The Philadelphia Eagles released defensive end Vinny Curry, the team announced Friday, in a salary-clearing move.

According to multiple reports, Curry declined to take a pay cut and the team had been shopping him, along with linebacker Mychal Kendricks, in trades this week in an effort to clear cap room after a number of offseason additions. After trading for Michael Bennett, the Eagles also signed Nigel Bradham, Haloti Ngata and Corey Nelson to free-agent deals.

Curry was set to count $11 million against the cap in 2018, and $5 million of his base salary would be guaranteed if he remained on the roster by Sunday. His release will save Philadelphia $5 million while leaving a $6 million cap hit in dead money.

"We want to thank Vinny Curry for his contributions to our organization over the last six seasons, including the important role he played in bringing our city its first Super Bowl championship," the team said in a statement. "It's difficult to part ways with a player like Vinny who has made an impact on the field, in the locker room and in the community. We wish Vinny and his family all the best moving forward."

Curry, 29, started all 16 games in 2017 for the first time in his career, tallying three sacks and 18 quarterback hits, with the latter figure tying for the team lead. While he has topped four sacks in a season just once (nine in 2014), Curry has a total of 56 QB hits over the last four seasons.

A second-round pick out of Marshall in 2012, Curry has 22 career sacks and 131 tackles in six NFL seasons, all with the Eagles.

He is the second veteran to be released by Philadelphia this offseason, joining Brent Celek. Kendricks, who is set to count $7.6 million against the cap in 2018, is also a candidate to be let go, which would bring a savings of $4.4 million.

--Field Level Media