The Eagles announced they have released defensive end Darren Howard and wide receiver Kevin Curtis.

Neither moves comes as a huge shock, because the expiration of the salary cap makes these moves feasible.

Curtis was due $4.5 million next season, more than $5.3 million in 2011 and more than $7 million in 2012.

Curtis signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2007 and caught 116 passes for 1,577 yards and eight touchdowns in 28 games. He missed most of this past season following knee surgery.

"Kevin is one of the classiest players I have ever been around. He's the type of player and person we like to build our team with," coach Andy Reid said. "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.

Howard was due to make $4.5 million next season and in 2011. He was due a $4 million base plus a $4 million roster bonus in 2012.

"Darren Howard has been one of our most productive and versatile members of our defense in the last couple of years," Reid said. "He is nothing but a solid player, leader and person on and off the field."