Vinny Curry’s next chapter without the Eagles did not last long as the Buccaneers are deciding to move on.
Another day, another former Philadelphia Eagles pass rusher gets released into free agency. Just last week, former Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin found himself available on the market after the New York Giants decided to cut him loose. Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are cutting their losses with former Eagles defensive end, Vinny Curry after just one year on their defense.
Fortunately, Curry was a part of the Eagles 2017 Super Bowl season. Curry had more time left on his contract in Philly, but the unfortunate part was that his initial contract was just too expensive for the Eagles. There’s no way the Eagles could move on with his massive cap hit when the production just wasn’t there for the last few years. Therefore, the Eagles cut Curry loose.
The Buccaneers took advantage of not one, but two defensive linemen from the Eagles Super Bowl season. One being Curry, and the other being Beau Allen. Now at this point, both Allen and Curry have disappointed the Buccaneers and were both rumored to be released at some point in the offseason. Well, they wasted no time with Curry as he is set to become a free agent once again.
Vinny Curry gets cut loose
Do you know what we’re thinking? Should the Eagles attempt to bring Curry back? It’s a difficult decision considering that the Eagles lack cap, and Curry’s production just isn’t there. With the Bucs, Curry finished his lone season with 21 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. During the previous season with the Eagles, Curry had 42 tackles, along with three total sacks.
At this point in his career, as he heads into year eight, it’s becoming apparent that Vinny Curry is not the pass rusher that he was once thought to be. His career-high season in 2014, which gained him a brand new contract by the Eagles looks more and more like a fluke every single time Curry reaches the field. That’s not to say he’s been awful, but his production has been very underwhelming at this point.
The Eagles may be looking for some defensive end help during this offseason, as Brandon Graham is set to test free agency. There’s a chance that Graham could come back, but the chances seem slim considering that the 30-year-old pass rusher is looking to have a significant amount of interest around the league.
However, Curry is not really the answer for the Birds at this time. Considering that Curry is also 30-years-old, it doesn’t really make sense to let Graham walk, but bring Curry back. The Eagles need to start turning the page and acquiring younger talent on the defensive line through the draft. There’s a slight chance that Curry could be found back in Philly on a cheap deal, but even that may be a stretch. It’s time to let the past be the past.