The Philadelphia Eagles retained the services of defensive end Vinny Curry, as the two sides shook hands on a 5-year, $47.25 million contract extension, with $23 million guaranteed. The deal will keep the defensive lineman in Philadelphia through 2021.

Currys defender fit in right away as a starting defensive tackle, and had a solid rookie season in 2012. The Eagles took Curry in the third round of 2012, having selected fellow defenders Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks with the first two picks.

With Jim Schwartz bringing the “attacking 4-3 defense” to Philadelphia, emphasis will be played on Curry and fellow end Brandon Graham. The two will have different responsibilities than he did in the previous 3-4, and because the scheme allows ends to generate rush on run downs, the two may post higher sack and pressure numbers.

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