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Should the Eagles Trade Vinny Curry?

Sep 11, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT


There was a lot of surprise and disappointment when Vinny Curry’s name popped up on the inactive list for Week 1. The 2012 second-round pick was coming off a monster preseason where it appeared at times as if he was unstoppable, but on Monday he found himself caught up in the numbers game again.

Chip Kelly explained he wanted to have six defensive linemen active for the game. If we search for a deeper meaning, Curry’s absence probably had something to do with the fact that the Redskins utilize a heavy ground attack and his strength his rushing the passer.

Regardless, it was an all-too familiar situation for Curry, who was inactive for all but six games last season, and saw little playing time when he did dress. If he’s the odd man out again against the Chargers on Sunday, it’s really not looking good for the 25 year old in terms of carving out a role in Bill Davis’ 3-4 defense, which was the concern heading into this season. When the Eagles drafted Curry the defense was still using a 4-3.

It should be noted Curry said only the right things when asked about not playing, but behind the scenes might be a different story. Philly Mag’s Tim McManus got a hold of the defensive end’s representation this week, and according to Kevin Connor, Curry is ready to move on from the Eagles if need be.

“Vinny’s main objective is to play and play at a high level,” agent Kevin Connor told Birds 24/7. “The question becomes, can that happen in Philly or do we need to facilitate an opportunity outside of Philly if it makes sense for all parties.”

It’s also worth noting that Curry’s agent didn’t demand a trade or anything quite of that nature, but he did kind of state the obvious. If his client isn’t in the cards in Philadelphia, give him a chance to catch on somewhere else.

Of course, this could be an overreaction to what was a solid football decision, and Curry could be activated this week if the feeling is the defense wants to get after Philip Rivers. We should wait to see how this plays out before jumping to conclusions about what his role will be.

But if Curry isn’t part of the plan, they could conceivably try to get something for him while there would likely be some interest around the league. Curry was dominant at times this summer, and the feeling in the NFL is you can never have too many pass rushers. Unfortunately, the Eagles would get nowhere near their second-round investment in return if they dealt him today.

We’ll see what happens, but hopefully Curry is on the field come Sunday or at least by Week 3. If he isn’t, what options does the front office have?

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  1. TheMarcoIslander - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Absolutely not. This kid will be the starter before the season is over. Kelly also is in a learning period. Curry is 10 times better than Casey the Fraud Matthews.

    • TheMarcoIslander - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      The more I thought about it does not using James Casey only on 2 plays mean he should be traded too?

  2. ochospantalones - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Whenever we’re talking about trades, especially in-season trades, we have to ask:

    “Trade him for what?”

    No one trades talent-for-talent in-season in the NFL, so you’re not getting anything that will help you right now. So you’re looking at a draft pick, but what use is a 4th or 5th round pick in the 2014 Draft at this point? You can get the same or similar pick after the season, so there is no reason to trade him now.

    Obviously, the calculation changes if someone blows you away with an offer, but no one is trading a first or second round pick for a defensive end who has barely played.

    Will Curry ever play major snaps for Kelly? It’s hard to say. With most coaches, I would dismiss the stuff about Curry (and James Casey) not playing because of the match-up as coachspeak, but Kelly seems to be serious about tailoring his game plan specifically to the opponent. I think you may see the Eagles employ significantly different formations, alignments, and personnel depending on the opponent.

    • hitnrun - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      +100. NFL teams don’t trade picks higher (or even equal to) a player’s worth for that player, unless those players are Andy Reid’s quarterbacks.

      Draft picks are simply worth more than non-star players because draft picks represent hope and the future, which are vital for selling tickets.

      Conversely, this means that Vinny Curry is probably worth more to the Eagles than any fair offer they get. Now, if someone’s crazy enough to make an unfair offer…

  3. 2sentz - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Curry, Foles, several others…all riding pine right up til somebody gets hurt. Then he’s The Man.

    It’s only week one, and with this tempo offense it’s gonna happen well before week 16.

  4. briang123 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    He can’t get on the field here but others teams might offer a 3rd or 4th for him? Please, someone give me an example of a guy in Curry’s position being delay for anything more than a conditional 7th rounder.


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