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Eagles hoping for deals with Curry, Johnson and Ertz this offseason

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 19:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is taken down by Vinny Curry #75 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on October 19, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants 27-7. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Getty Images

Now that they’re all on the same page — even if they’re not all “football guys” — the Eagles seem to have a coherent plan of attack.

According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, the Eagles have “prioritized getting new contracts done” with a trio of young players: Offensive tackle Lane Johnson, tight end Zach Ertz and defensive end Vinny Curry.

They’ve already made a contract offer to Curry, and the other two are viewed as central to their plans under new coach Doug Pederson and once-again-in-charge Howie Roseman, with the reported hope that deals can be done “sooner rather than later.”

Keeping Curry will be significant with the switch to a 4-3 defense under new coordinator Jim Schwartz, while the other two also fill clear long-term needs.

Curry was probably miscast in Chip Kelly’s 3-4, and this should give him a chance to improve on his sack totals.

With Jason Peters aging and having a hard time staying on the field, Johnson’s ability to play left tackle gives them a solid foundation piece if they let Peters walk. And considering the production of Travis Kelce in Kansas City, it figures that Ertz’s numbers should go up as well.

Curry’s set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, while Johnson and Ertz are entering the final years of their rookie deals.

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22 Responses to “Eagles hoping for deals with Curry, Johnson and Ertz this offseason”
  1. jnks10 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:06 AM

    Always said vinny curry in a 4-3 would be a double digit sack guy. Now hopefully he gets that chance here in philly.

  2. eagleswin says: Jan 22, 2016 11:10 AM

    The offensive line needs a lot of attention this offseason.

  3. phillyphanatic77 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:14 AM

    Absolutely the correct move. I think we all saw enough of Chip letting (or forcing) talent out the door. Curry could put up 10-12 sacks easy as a 4-3 end. Ertz ended the past two seasons well but they must make more of an effort to get him involved. Especially in the red zone. The fact that they never used his 6’6″ size and leaping ability down by the goal line is a travesty. And it’s not a real high standard but I thought Johnson was their best lineman last season.

  4. janvanflac says: Jan 22, 2016 11:17 AM

    If there’s anyone who should retire an Eagle it’s Curry, lifelong Eagles fan and all he does is make plays when they put him on the field. He will be a 1 man wrecking crew as a 4-3 DE.

  5. averagejoe5050 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:20 AM

    How about that RGIII cat ??

  6. bleedgreenphilly says: Jan 22, 2016 11:28 AM

    All drafted by Howie Roseman.

  7. bmorepositive123 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:55 AM

    bleedgreenphilly says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:28 AM

    All drafted by Howie Roseman.

    ————————————————————-

    so was that 30 year old firefighter

  8. binarymath says: Jan 22, 2016 12:18 PM

    I’m a long-time fan of Jason Peters. It is painful to watch him struggle.

    Even if he plays in 2016, they need help at LG to work beside him. Have heard enough of the “anybody-can-come-in-and-play-guard” crap from Reid, Chip, and the pundits.

    Howie might want to call the agent for Richie Incognito. The PC fans would have a hissy fit, but just the fact of CONSIDERING him would send the clear message that this is a different approach.

    Celek is no longer the answer at TE. But none of the last dozen or so TE’s they brought in to replace him have been, either. Ertz needs to block better before I believe he is worth the extension.

    Here’s hoping the front office stops trying to bring “Jetsons” football to a “Flintstones” fan base.

  9. bathroombenlovemachine says: Jan 22, 2016 12:19 PM

    The Eagles are also negotiating a contract extension for the guy that dusts off the empty Super Bowl Trophy Case

  10. bathroombenlovemachine says: Jan 22, 2016 12:23 PM

    Vince Papale signed a contract extension as did Andre Waters

  11. abninf says: Jan 22, 2016 12:29 PM

    janvanflac says:

    If there’s anyone who should retire an Eagle it’s Curry
    ======================================

    But you’re saying you want him to retire with no ring.

  12. rrhoe says: Jan 22, 2016 12:33 PM

    I always liked Curry but could never understand why they couldn’t find a way to keep him on the field, here’s hoping he gets the chance to show what he can do, finally.

  13. jonwill57 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:57 PM

    Riley Cooper should be the first priority…he should be jettisoned from the roster already! Take the cap hit and let him go now.

  14. jhisler says: Jan 22, 2016 1:22 PM

    Riley Cooper should be the first priority…he should be jettisoned from the roster already! Take the cap hit and let him go now.
    _______________________________________

    Coopers cheap to cut now, thats pretty much a given. It cost more to cut him than keep him before.

  15. joefelicelli says: Jan 22, 2016 1:26 PM

    Not necessarily related to the article, but Fletcher Cox as a 4-3DT is a scary thought for opposing teams. I think he will leapfrog just about every 4-3 DT in the league and be considered the best in the business very quickly. Would be worth Suh-type money as a 4-3 guy…

  16. therealtrenches says: Jan 22, 2016 1:31 PM

    Vinny Curry is now free from the tyranny that is Bill Davis’s misguided defensive philosophy.

    Now go get the QB, Vinny.

  17. kfoyo808 says: Jan 22, 2016 1:32 PM

    instead of putting Peters out to pasture…how about at Guard? Solves a problem/fills a need. Still have the veteran leadership. Draft a young stud with 1st pick…and somebody 3rd/4th round. Don’t hate the Incognito idea…need to be nasty, run the ball. Murray with somebody to create holes upfront could work nicely.

  18. wrossi81 says: Jan 22, 2016 1:46 PM

    kfoyo808, I’ve seen at least one article (not here) saying that Peters would rather retire than move over to guard. So I wouldn’t count on that ….

  19. lovethehate401 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:21 PM

    All 3 guys would be atleast borderline top 10 players on every team in the league.

  20. jonwill57 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:25 PM

    jhisler says:
    Jan 22, 2016 1:22 PM

    Coopers cheap to cut now, thats pretty much a given. It cost more to cut him than keep him before.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I’m aware of the $2.4 cap hit to cut him now. It beats paying him $5.3 million and watching that imposter pretend he’s an NFL WR.

  21. 23rdusernameused says: Jan 27, 2016 12:14 PM

    bmorepositive123 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:55 AM
    bleedgreenphilly says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:28 AM

    All drafted by Howie Roseman.

    ————————————————————-

    so was that 30 year old firefighter

    ————————
    yeahhhh, DANNY WATKINS!! yuck! THANKS HOWIE!
    Also MALCOLM SMITH!!! HOWIE PICK!! 1st round FAIL HOWIE ROSEDORK!

  22. 23rdusernameused says: Jan 27, 2016 12:18 PM

    Peters needs to go, old, slow and lost his desire for balling!!
    he had some hella years here, but time to move on!! peace out, preciate your hard work Jason!

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