Following the trade which sent three-time Pro-Bowler Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks to the Philadelphia Eagles, the defending champions appear ready to make room for their new acquisition.
As we've heard earlier this week, the Eagles are looking to move on from current defensive end Vinny Curry, who is due $9 million in 2018. It was initially reported that the team was going to cut him, but then it was said they'd explore a restructure or a trade.
Now, with Bennett in town, a trade or release seems more likely.
This trade likely ends Vinny Curry's six-year career in Philadelphia. My guess is Eagles will see if there's a trade market for Curry. Bennett gives them a lot of talent and a lower cap cost than Curry.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) March 7, 2018
Curry, 29, was signed to a five-year, $47.25 million contract in February of 2016, registered three sacks, with a career-high 42 tackles, one forced fumble, while starting all 16 games en route to Philadelphia's first Super Bowl title. He'll certainly be a commodity if the Eagles release him, but at $9 million for 2018, it'd be hard to find a trade partner.
#Eagles defensive line is quite scary.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 7, 2018
Vinny Curry is now a name to watch on the trade market.
The team could flat-out cut the former Marshall standout, which would collectively save the organization just over $5 million. Restructuring his deal seems pointless because he started all 16 games last year, and now the team has starters all across the D-line, so there's no way he'd restructure for a lesser role.
There were many teams interested in Bennett, so perhaps those clubs view Curry as a good alternative.
The Eagles sit with roughly $192 million worth of contract obligations in preparation of the 2018 season, which is $15 million more than the NFL's expected salary cap. Let the tinkering begin.