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Eagles Part Ways With WR Curtis
 
March 18, 2010 | Last Updated: 3/18/10 6:09 PM ET | Comments (48)
By: BOB KENT

Kevin Curtis' tenure in Philadelphia ended Thursday, as the team released the seven-year veteran on Thursday.

"Kevin is one of the classiest players I have ever been around," said head coach Andy Reid. "He's the type of player and person we like to build our team with. We just feel good about the young corps of receivers we have on our team at this point."

Curtis' career in Philadelphia got off to a promising start, with 77 receptions for 1,110 yards in his first season in Philadelphia in 2007. However, sports hernia and knee injuries limited Curtis to just 39 receptions the last two seasons.

Of course, Curtis' injuries translated into more opportunities for young receivers like DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who have blossomed and arguably enter 2010 as Nos. 1 and 2 on the depth chart. Of course, the team signed restricted free agent Jason Avant to a five-year deal and brought back Hank Baskett with a one-year contract.

Last season, a sore knee prevented Curtis from doing much of anything as he was inactive for all but three games. He played through the injury and started the season opener at Carolina, posting 2 catches in that game for 26 yards. The following week, Curtis caught 3 balls for 44 yards against the Saints. He was shut down after that and underwent arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 24 in Utah. However, the team opted not to place him on season-ending injured reserve.

Curtis worked at his rehab and was pressed into service Dec. 20 against San Francisco. With Maclin out with a foot injury, Curtis suited up and caught one pass for 7 yards. That was the last time No. 80 saw the football field.

Curtis proved he could overcome injury and contribute in 2008. The veteran receiver played just nine regular-season games that season because of a sports hernia, but did return to catch 12 passes for 211 yards in three playoff games.

Curtis signed with Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent in 2007 and caught 116 passes for 1,577 yards and eight touchdowns in 28 games.

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 5:04 p.m., March 18

Eagles Part Ways With WR Curtis
   
gamaro@...
03/20/10
12:50 pm ET
Iceman..... Cutting the 23 million fron un-productive players and possibly throwing it at young hungry draft picks doesn't sound bad to me.... Re-building or not, it's good to get rid of the aging ,injury prone players to get young healthy players...
gamaro@...
03/20/10
12:45 pm ET
Dmaloney..... You're my hero
FalvoPS
03/19/10
12:40 pm ET
In my opinion, if the FO is releasing and trading over priced players that are lacking in production then it means they're looking at a big time talent in the draft and possibly trading up to get that player.
eaglesfankgg
03/19/10
9:53 am ET
I like the direction that the Eagles FO has taken this off-season. Truly re-evaluating who has/can contribute to this team in 2010. Players with injury history and/or lack of productivity on the field have been either cut/traded. Curtis "might" have contributed but I am glad the FO has made the decision to give a hungrier and younger player the chance to help this team win. SO far I actually have enjoyed the approach of the off-season! Keep it going and looking forward to the draft next.
dmaloney@...
03/19/10
7:37 am ET
i think while you can blame MM a lot, a big part of his play calling is directed by mcnabb. Mcnabb has shown that he does not have the necessary accuracy for a west coast offense to hit receivers on short routes in stride. the problem is the eagles have a ton of great west coast receivers, little speedy guys that can make a cut and get separation, but mcnabb does not have the accuracy to hit them, so the eagles lack a west coast QB. unless, of course, the eagles WR could catch balls with their feet
IceManJB
03/19/10
7:19 am ET
Nice work dgl...you can also add Tom Heckert's (sp)salary to the 23 million savings. Heckert moved to Cleveland and they didn't think he was worth replacing so they slid Howie Roseman (financial guy, not football guy) over to take his place as GM. That's a major clue to the cost cutting mode this team is in. It surely isn't what you do if you're trying to build a winner.
dglver13@...
03/18/10
11:39 pm ET
if anyone was curious, here are some stats how much some of the players that were released this off season were making Andrews-$ 3,191,254 Brown-$ 3,182,708 Clemons-$ 1,900,000 Curtis-$ 2,333,333 Howard-$ 4,107,280 Westbrook-$ 6,790,613 Witherspoon-$ 1,617,647 so that is roughly 23 million freed up, note these numbers are based off of the 2009 saleries, i dunno where to find how much they would have made in 2010
joshua.mease@...
03/18/10
11:18 pm ET
Andrews and Curtis no surprise they both wasted a roster spot for the last two seasons! I am a little surprised we let go of Howard. There are a lot of overpaid bodies leaving and I think that is a very good thing.
kanashibari
03/18/10
11:16 pm ET
neither b/c neither has really played for 2 years
PhilyEagles24@...
03/18/10
10:46 pm ET
What move are you guys more surprised with? Shawn Andrews getting released or Kevin Curtis getting released?
kanashibari
03/18/10
10:13 pm ET
u r right, that is pretty f-ing brilliant, is there anyone else u see being purged due to salary/performance, etc.?
d_bortz@...
03/18/10
9:55 pm ET
The FO has been brilliant with their cleansing of the roster. In the absence of a CBA there is not a cap hit for dumping these players as in previous years. That's the ONLY reason they didn't dump Reggie before. This will free up additional money to extend DJax and Kolb. In addition, they will be well below the cap with a CBA and over 200 UFA's. I would like to see them get some more draft picks.
kanashibari
03/18/10
9:32 pm ET
i wonder actually how much money has been freed up and how much those departing guys have to get paid b4 they go
kanashibari
03/18/10
9:30 pm ET
u guys r right, i didn't see DJAC as a #1 but i see your point that IF he is used correctly then he could be a #1 (a #1 in my sense of a #1), i just hope that MM can do it, exactly-why wouldn't u give him the ball quickly and let him make plays? we hafta keep the defenses off balance more mixing up routes and f-sakes RUN THE BALL MORE!
myheartpumpsgreen@...
03/18/10
9:30 pm ET
Mix those in with a decent amount of runs...and our play action may actually fool someone again....
myheartpumpsgreen@...
03/18/10
9:26 pm ET
Kanash-I totally agree with you on dumping MM.....He got those speedsters and totally went away from the offense we used to run where #5 would go on a tear and complete 7 or more passes in a row...instead he's dialing up deep pass after deep pass, and defenses are just sitting back defending them....not having to chase these fast guys through intermediate routes....I wanna see us get back to hitting the quick passes...the short passes and watch our youngins get loose with the rock in their hands......
kanashibari
03/18/10
9:22 pm ET
andrew- u r probably right, MM is an idiot and doesn't use DJAC as well as he could or any of the other weapons he has...it's really disappointing when a fan knows better than the OC most of the time
andrew_short69@...
03/18/10
9:17 pm ET
kanash we couldnt sustain drives cuz of bad play calling MM is a dope i wish they got rid of him, if Djack played for the pats i bet you he could catch over 100 balls easy, they spread the ball around thats why avant got such a big contract for a slot receiver.
smittyaec
03/18/10
9:11 pm ET
They cut alot of old guys with big figures about 8-9 Million dollars. I think they have a decision to make1 of 3 lucky QB's is gonna get a new contract and I think the youngest guy is going to be the one who gets it. The good thing about that is if the Eagles are smart they will sig Kolb to a new contract front loaded and next season when the cap comes back they will have alot of manueverability to do what they always do!!! Thats what I think cause thats kind of their MO. They have to sign one of those QB's now or lose all 3 at the end of the year! (well they could franchise one of them)
dmaloney@...
03/18/10
8:59 pm ET
furthermore, it seems the eagles are freeing up a TON of cash...got rid of the first andrews sister, westbrook, curtis and darren howard. i dont know the details but im pretty sure they were all due a lot of money this year. so maybe the eagles plan on making use of this money soon...
dmaloney@...
03/18/10
8:57 pm ET
this is a great move...the eagles have shown that they are trimming the fat this year. since most of the players they cut are older, i feel like the eagles might be doing this in order to create a core of young players that kolb can grow into in the future...they should all be hitting the apex of their careers around the same time. plus a lot of the young guys, esp on offense, have enough talent to be competitive year in and year out
kanashibari
03/18/10
8:55 pm ET
"what about marhsall for the bronco's big receiver good defense no playoffs!"-I wouldn't call the bronc's d-fence good and who cares about the playoffs, we need a SB! Obviously we have more pieces than the broncs, even with "no football knowledge" I know at least that...I feel we are a WR, DE and LB away from a SB (pretty far actually) oh and don't forget a NEW OC, get rid of MM, PLEASE!
kanashibari
03/18/10
8:42 pm ET
do u guys really think that i meant having a big receiver with no defense or anything else would make us a winner, give me a break
kanashibari
03/18/10
8:41 pm ET
andrew...u need to calm down there buddy, too much coffee...i have no football knowledge-sorry about that andrew...i was wrong, there were a few teams that have won SB's without big receivers, but not many...i agree that we don't need one IF AR uses the weapons we have well, however, I don't think he uses them well...look at all the 3rd and shorts that he didn't use Weaver to run the ball...DJAC is great for big plays but in tough games against good defenses, they will rarely get the big play so what i am saying is that i would like to have a big receiver who is more consistent and can be more effective on long drives, long drives and controlling the ball with more running will win a SB much more often than shooting for bombs...forgive me for having no knowledge
jamie17
03/18/10
7:49 pm ET
I understand why all of these players were cut, but what confuses me is why we do all the house-cleaning right before an uncapped season. The FO seems to be picking a strange time to become cheap-skates.



 
 
 
 
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