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Kevin Curtis, Darren Howard & Shawn Andrews Cut By Eagles

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The Eagles have always been tight with a buck, and they showed it once again by shredding more financial fat off the team. This week, the Eagles have released former key players from a few years ago in guard Shawn Andrews, defensive end Darren Howard and receiver Kevin Curtis.

Releasing these players will save the team well over ten million dollars for this season and that should help them in signing their draft picks. Not only did the team lose these players, but they failed to match the contract offered by the Titans to defensive end Jason Babin (one year, one million dollars) so they will lose more depth on the defensive line.

Philadelphia also made a deal with the Seahawks to defensive end Darryl Tapp in exchange for end Chris Clemons. While Tapp should be a solid fit in the Eagles’ system, one would have to believe that the team is going to draft heavy on the defensive side of the football at this years’ draft.

The draft has usually helped the Eagles as they always seem to do a good job at acquired solid players for their team through each round. This season it looks like they could use some extra men on the front line to help in rotation.

Andrews and Curtis

If the Eagles released guard Shawn Andrews a couple of years ago it would’ve been an amazing shocker as Andrews was regarded as one of the better guards in football. In the past two season Andrews has only played in two games, and he missed all of last year.

What is amazing about Andrews is that he is still only 27 years old and one would think he should be in the prime of his career. Instead he looks like a project backup player for some team to take on this coming year.

Curtis is almost the same situation as Andrews in the sense that he’s been hampered with problems (injury in his case) that have led to him missing time on the field.

This release makes me feel better about DeSean Jackson and especially Jeremy Maclin’s fantasy value as we head into the 2010 season. Sure if Curtis was still on the team Jackson and Maclin would start, but I view Curtis as one of those annoying players (for fantasy) that can turn it on suddenly  and hurt the production of fantasy players on your team.

With Curtis out of the way, Maclin and Jackson are the clear go to receivers in this offense.

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