Eagles, defensive end Curry agree to 5-year deal

Vinny Curry was a second-round pick in 2012 and has 16 1/2 sacks in four seasons. (Michael Perez/AP)

PHILADELPHIA — Defensive end Vinny Curry and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a five-year contract.

Curry was a second-round pick in 2012 and has 16 1/2 sacks in four seasons. He’s expected to start for the first time in his career now that Jim Schwartz is the new defensive co-ordinator and the Eagles are switching back to a 4-3 defence.

Curry had a career-high nine sacks in 2014.

The Eagles have been busy re-signing their own players since finishing a 7-9 season and hiring Doug Pederson to replace Chip Kelly as coach. Tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek and right tackle Lane Johnson also got new contracts.