Eagles now trying to trade Vinny Curry if they can
The Eagles were already uncomfortable with the idea of defensive end Vinny Curry making $9 million this season.
In Long’s first year with the Eagles, the 32-year-old quickly became a locker room leader and fan favorite for the Super Bowl champions, while still contributing as a pass rusher on the team’s lucrative defensive line rotation. Long had five sacks — his most since getting 8.5 in 2013 with the Rams — and four forced fumbles.
As for the Eagles salary cap, with the recent releases of defensive end Vinny Curry and tight end Brent Celek, coupled with contract restructuring of offensive lineman Lane Johnson and tight end Zach Ertz’s deals, as of Wednesday morning the Eagles were approximately $6 million under the salary cap, according to the NFL Players Association .
Long’s new deal would pull from that cap space. If he does not sign the new deal and is instead released or traded, the Eagles would have approximately $8.3 million in cap space.
Mike Mayock criticized the decision as a reluctance to compete.
They want competitors, Mayock said, referring to NFL coaches and executives. That kid ought to want to get up before or after [Josh] Rosen, Lamar Jackson, all those guys, and show I’m as good if not better. . . . You ought to want to burr up and compete. And it just bothers me a little bit that he ought to override his trainer or override his agent or override his parents whoever’s telling him not to throw he should say ＆I’m a competitor, and I want to throw.’
Mayock also acknowledged that the decision won’t affect Darnold’s draft grade. So if that’s the case, and if the Scouting Combine is truly a competition, there’s nothing for anyone to actually win.
Of course, there’s plenty to lose. Every workout as part of this extended job interview/audition presents another opportunity for a player to get injured, which definitely would affect his draft grade. So if a guy chooses not to participate in the Scouting Combine, he shouldn’t be criticized at all, not even with any of the caveats or wiggle room Mayock added to his assessment.