PHILADELPHIA (WTXF/AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles have released defensive end Vinny Curry in a cost-cutting move.
The decision announced Friday saves Philadelphia $5 million under the salary cap. The Super Bowl champions bolstered the defensive line by acquiring Michael Bennett in a trade and signing free agent Haloti Ngata.
Curry had 22 sacks in six seasons. He was a full-time starter in 2017, recording three sacks and a career-best 48 tackles.
The Eagles released the following statement:
"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. 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."
Vinny Curry, originally from Neptune, New Jersey, shared an emotional goodbye on Instagram:
Who would’ve thought a small town boy from Neptune, NJ who grew up an Eagles fan, would’ve been drafted to his favorite team and win his and the teams first Super Bowl Championship! All Gods Plan! Philadelphia, Thank You! Thank you fans for opening your arms and taking me in as one of your own! This has been a dream come true for me to have the ability to play for my dream team and bring the Lombardi trophy home to you all! Thank you to the entire Eagles organization, coaching staff and my teammates, MY BROTHERS! UNDERDOGS! Without you guys, none of this would’ve been possible! I love you all from the bottom of my heart! I am humbled by this opportunity and can’t be more proud to call myself an Eagle for life! This experience has been one hell of a ride! I can’t wait to see what the future now holds for me. Thank You Philly!