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Back with Eagles, Vinny Curry had other offers, but ‘home is home’

Back with Eagles, Vinny Curry had other offers, but ‘home is home’

It’s safe to say Vinny Curry is pretty happy to be back in Philadelphia. 

Right? 

“Hell yeah,” said a giddy Curry on a conference call with Philly reporters Thursday afternoon. “Super excited!” 

After one year in Tampa Bay, the 30-year-old Curry on Thursday signed a one-year contract to return to the Eagles. According to a league source, his one-year deal is worth $2.25 million and he can earn another $1.25 million in incentives. It’s quite a different contract than the last one he signed with the Eagles and the three-year, $23 million deal he signed to join the Bucs last offseason. 

But this wasn’t all about money for Curry. 

He wanted to come back. You could feel his excitement on the other end of Thursday’s conference call. 

In fact, Curry was reportedly offered more money to join the Giants, but came back to the Eagles instead. 

Definitely had a couple different offers on the table, but home is home. This just felt right. This felt like the right situation. I think it was just time for me to be back in Philadelphia.

Curry was drafted by the Eagles in the second round back in 2012 after he grew up in Neptune, N.J. as an Eagles fan. But the real reason he wanted to come back to Philly was because of his teammates. Even though he said he had a good time during his one season in Tampa, he missed his teammates in the Eagles’ locker room. He said they’re like brothers. Curry, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham — minus last year — have played together since 2012. 

But things changed during Curry’s year away. He started every game during the 2017 Super Bowl season, but it is expected that he will come back to the Eagles this year as a rotational player, playing both defensive end and defensive tackle. Graham and Derek Barnett will be the starters at defensive end. 

“When it comes to the role, whatever the team needs me to do, I’ve always been that guy,” Curry said. “You guys know that. Whatever the team needs me to do, I’m going to do it. I don’t have an ego at all.” 

Curry even joked he would play receiver if the Eagles asked. When he was told the Eagles likely won’t ask him to do that, Curry agreed and joked he has “feet for hands.” 

The Eagles cut Curry after the 2017 season because of his contract and Curry on Thursday said he understood why they did it. It’s in the past, he said. Curry was cut for the second straight year when the Bucs parted ways with him this offseason to save $8 million in cap space. (This also means the Eagles won’t lose out on a comp pick by signing him.) 

Last season, Curry played in just 12 games thanks to a high ankle sprain he suffered in Week 6 that left him in a hard cast. But Curry is healthy now and is ready for spring practices. 

Was it a good decision to bring him back? 

Sure, why not. Curry is 30 now and maybe he’s never really lived up to his potential, but he’s a solid player who knows the defense and isn’t making a lot of money. For a rotational piece along the line, Curry makes plenty of sense. 

And he’s really happy to be back. Now, he just hopes he can figure out a way to get his No. 75 back from Josh Sweat. 

“We’re working on that,” he said. “We’re definitely working on that. Hopefully, I’m back in the 75.”

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Lane Johnson throws shade at Donovan McNabb, who keeps getting under people's skin

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Lane Johnson throws shade at Donovan McNabb, who keeps getting under people's skin

Turns out Lane Johnson is protective of Carson Wentz both on the field and on social media.

Donovan McNabb, who has become a professional annoying person since fading out of the NFL during the 2011 season, said in a radio interview with Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio on Saturday that the Eagles will need to start thinking about replacing Carson Wentz if the Eagles don’t reach an NFC Championship Game by next year.

Here’s Dave Zangaro’s story on that.

That didn’t go over too well with Johnson, the Eagles’ all-pro right tackle, who tweeted this on Easter Sunday: 

Ouch.

McNabb’s post-Eagles career has been a train wreck. He won only six of 19 starts with the Redskins and Vikings before drifting out of the NFL at the relatively young age of 35. 

He worked briefly for NFL Network and ESPN before losing his ESPN job following allegations of sexual harassment when he worked at NFL Network, allegations he has denied. 

And he had DUI convictions in 2013 and 2015 and served an 18-day sentence along with a 72-day house arrest sentence after the second one.

And he keeps saying dumb stuff.

McNabb was a very good quarterback. But he can’t seem to get through an interview without saying something embarrassing, inappropriate or just plain dumb.

The issue isn’t whether the Eagles would need to replace Wentz in two years — of course they won’t, if he continues to play at a high level. And of course they will if he can’t stay healthy or struggles.

The issue is that it’s McNabb saying it. Which comes across petty and passive aggressive considering Wentz plays the same position for the same team that McNabb did for 11 years.

McNabb just has a way of getting under people's skin. It’s why Philadelphia never truly embraced him even though he took the Eagles to the playoffs eight times, won nine playoff games and made six Pro Bowls. 

This time it was Lane Johnson whose skin he got under. Next time it’ll be someone else. 

Some things never change. 

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Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson troll Chip Kelly at autograph signing

Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson troll Chip Kelly at autograph signing

Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson teamed up for 13 touchdowns together during their career, and they teamed up once again to take a shot at their former coach.

On Saturday, Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson held an autograph signing at DTLR in Chester, and there was a very interesting sign posted outside the store.

No Chip Kelly allowed.

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This goes back to Vick and Jackson’s time together on the Eagles when Kelly was at the helm. The saga has been widely documented. In an interview earlier this year, Vick even told a story to Jackson about a time his relationship with his coach brought him to tears.

Jackson’s career has come full circle with his return to the Birds this offseason, but the scars, and the jabs, remain.

If you were wondering, Kelly was pretty busy on Saturday at UCLA’s spring game as he prepares to improve upon a 3-9 season in his first year in charge of the Bruins’ football team.

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