Buccaneers is releasing Vinny Curry
For the second straight offseason, Vinny Curry is going to be looking for a new home. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are releasing Curry, just one season after signing him.
Bucs are releasing DE Vinny Curry.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) February 12, 2019
Last March Curry signed a three year, $23 million contract and made $6.5 million in his first year. If Curry would have been on the roster on the fifth day of the league year $5 million of the $8 million base salary for next year would become guaranteed.
Curry had his best year in 2017 with the Philadelphia Eagles and that led him to sign the nice deal with the Bucs. In Tampa Bay his production really declined finishing with just 21 sacks and 2.5 sacks. He dealt with injuries that hindered him and eventually lost his starting job.
With a new coaching staff coming in and with new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles switching the defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4 it made sense for both parties to let Curry move to a new team.
Curry is hitting the market before free agency starts which should give him a bit of an up on other players trying to land a new deal. Curry is 30 years old, and he should have at least a few offers from teams looking for a rotational type player on their defense.
Even with his down production last year maybe the Buccaneers just weren’t a good fit, and perhaps on a new team, he could get back to a force on the defensive line. He might not make the full $8 million he was scheduled to make with the Buccaneers, but he should still find a nice deal.