The Eagles continue to release aging players with expensive contracts.
To no surprise, the team announced today that it has cut wide receiver Kevin Curtis and defensive end Darren Howard.
Curtis, 31, was due to earn a $1.1 million roster bonus in early June. The 33-year-old Howard was slated to earn a $1 million bonus today. Curtis' 2010 base salary was to be $3.4 million; Howard's $3.5 million. Curtis was signed through 2012. Howard had a contract that expired in 2011. Of course, contracts aren't guaranteed in the NFL.
Both players were once highly-touted free agent signings, but in the end were mild disappointments.
What should the Eagles have done?
"Darren Howard has been one of our most productive and versatile members of our defense in the last couple of years,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “He is nothing but a solid player, leader and person on and off the field."
Howard recorded 6.5 sacks last season and 10 the year before. Curtis was hurt most of last season and for a good part of the 2008 season.
"Kevin is one of the classiest players I have ever been around," Reid said. "He's the type of player and person we like to build our team with. We just feel good about the young core of receivers we have on our team at this point."
Howard joined the Eagles as an unrestricted free agent in 2006 and played in all 64 regular season games and six postseason contests. During his four-year tenure in Philadelphia, he registered 22.5 sacks among his 122 tackles.
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.
In his first season with the Eagles he was the team's leading receiver with 77 receptions for 1,110 yards.
Since the last week of February, the team has released or traded running back Brian Westbrook, linebacker Will Witherspoon, wide receiver Reggie Brown, defensive end Chris Clemons, guard Shawn Andrews, Curtis and Howard.
With the uncapped year and the potential for a lockout next season, the Eagles are obviously ridding themselves of unproductive players with long-term escalating deals.