Eagles Sign Vinny Curry To Five-Year Deal

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles and Vinny Curry have agreed to a five-year deal worth $47.25 million, with $23 million guaranteed.

NFL Network’s Albert Breer was the first person to report the deal. Birds 24/7’s Tim McManus has since confirmed that Curry has signed the deal.

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Eagles Roundup: Evan Mathis’ Super Bowl Shot

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

With Super Bowl 50 just five days away, there’s plenty being written about the Panthers and Broncos, but there’s also a bevy of reading about a few former Eagles getting ready to do battle out in California. We’ve put together a compilation of the best reading you may have missed.

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Wake-Up Call: Why the Eagles Are Being Aggressive

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

You wonder if Fletcher Cox would have been locked up months ago if not for the short-lived Chip Kelly power grab.

Howie Roseman comes from the Joe Banner school of financial management that teaches to sign your core players early. The logic is sound: the money arrow is always pointing up in the NFL. The more dollars that come in, the higher the cap. As the cap grows, so too does the cost of the individual deals. If you have identified someone that you want to keep around long-term, it’s best to strike as soon as possible while leverage is still on your side and before the price spikes.

Cox became eligible for an extension at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Since then, Ndamukong Suh inked a six-year deal that contains a shade under $60 million in guarantees and averages out to about $19 million per year; Cox has elevated his game while marching a step closer to the end of his deal; and the cap jumped $10 million, with another $10 million bump (if not greater) expected to be announced in March for the ’16 season.

Some league insiders believe Cox will command somewhere around $16-18 million per season now, if not higher. Assuming the 25-year-old was willing to play ball last season, the Eagles lost a significant amount of money by waiting.

That (somewhat extreme) example helps explain why Roseman has been so aggressive to start this offseason. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Here’s what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

In his latest all-Eagles mock draft, Jimmy Kempski has the Eagles selecting Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round:

To begin, this will of course be a scenario in which the Eagles will have moved on from Sam Bradford, as I suspect they will. On Sunday, we went through the teams picking between 1-12 in the 2016 NFL Draft, and their likelihood of drafting a quarterback with their first round picks. If I were a betting man, one of the three top quarterback prospects (Cal’s Jared Goff, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch) will make it to the Eagles at 13. Or perhaps a modest trade up that doesn’t require selling the farm can do the trick. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Doug Pederson’s Beginning

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports Images)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports Images)

AT THE TURN of the century, a plot of dirty grass sat next to Calvary Baptist Academy, surrounded by chain link fencing threaded with barbed wire at the top. Abandoned baseball backstops stood in the corners.

The Christian school’s enrollment floated around 200 kids, depending on the year, putt-putting along since 1970 as just another school in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The area was a hotbed for young football talent, especially quarterbacks. The high school scene at the time was dominated by Evangel Christian Academy, led by a man named Johnny Booty. By 2007, Evangel was riding an 89-game win streak, one of the longest in the country.

Calvary never had the bodies or resources to cobble together a competitive football program, but around 2003, the men in charge decided they wanted to give it a shot, so they rang up Booty and asked if he would come help them get their program off the ground.

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NFC East Roundup: Life After Tony Romo

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Jason Garrett and Tony Romo. (USA Today Sports)

The NFC East fielded some of the most mediocre teams in the league this season, yet it may be the most-talked-about division in football. Think that chatter stops in the offseason? Think again. We’ve compiled the latest on your favorite division. Get caught up.

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Lane Johnson: ‘I Want To Be Here the Rest Of My Career’

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

In 2008, Lane Johnson was playing quarterback at Kilgore College. In 2010, he was working at tight end and then defensive line for Oklahoma. This time three years ago, he was considered a raw projection pick.  And now, he’s the fourth-highest paid tackle in the NFL.

“It’s sinking in now,” said Johnson after signing a five-year contract extension Friday. “I’m very fortunate to be drafted to a great place where I was able to develop and get better every year, and have the right coaches help me with that…I’m fortunate where I’m at and owe a lot of thanks to the people that have helped me along the way.”

Johnson’s new deal contains $35.5 million in guarantees (including a $10 million signing bonus) and is worth up to $63-plus million. The 25-year old believes the Eagles drafted him to eventually play left tackle and feels the contract accounts for that. But there is no rush. Signs are pointing to Jason Peters being back with the club in 2016, which seems to be just fine by Johnson. Read more »

Brent Celek: ‘Philadelphia Is My Home Forever’

Brent Celek. (Jeff Fusco)

Brent Celek. (Jeff Fusco)

Brent Celek was home celebrating his 31st birthday with his wife when he got a phone call on Monday night.

“We got a deal done,” his agent said.

Celek turned to his wife as tears came down his cheeks, before going downstairs and sitting on the couch. He thought about the journey that transformed him from a fifth-round draft pick in 2007 to a tight end with a three-year deal to remain in Philadelphia. Read more »

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