Cross one pass-rushing defensive end off the list of potential New York Giants' free-agent targets. Vinny Curry won't hit the open market as he has signed a five-year, $47 million deal to remain with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Giants' fans eager to see the team upgrade their woeful pass rush had hoped that Curry, a four-year veteran miscast in the 3-4 system the Eagles used in 2015, would hit the open market. With Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator, however, Philadelphia will switch to a 4-3 base providing a natural fit for Curry at defensive end.
Curry had a career-high nine sacks in 2014 and has 16.5 sacks in his four-year career.
"It's a great feeling,'' Curry, a Neptune native, said Tuesday night. "It's a big load off my chest to get this done. I mean I knew from the jump it could happen. I knew they wanted me and I knew I wanted to be here. So we just had to come to terms.''
The Giants have only two defensive ends -- Kerry Wynn and Owamagbe Odighizuwa -- under contract. Jason Pierre-Paul and Robert Ayers are both set to become unrestricted free agents when the market opens on March 9.