UPDATE: NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports Vinny Curry’s new contract with the Eagles is worth $2.25 million over one year. An additional $1.25 million can be reached with incentives. Geoff Mosher adds that Curry turned down more money from other teams to come back to Philly. Original story below.
The Eagles are close to a deal to bring Vinny Curry back to Philadelphia, according to Zach Berman. This is after the lifetime Eagles fan spent the 2018 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Eagles are nearing a deal with defensive end Vinny Curry, according to a league source.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) March 21, 2019
It looks like it's going to be a one-year deal, source said. https://t.co/V5F38P8hQa— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) March 21, 2019
Curry suffered a few injuries last season and only suited up in 12 games, and late in the season lost his starting role to give younger players on the roster some experience. Still, the former Eagle claimed 21 total tackles, including 7 QB hits and 5 TFLs, and 2.5 sacks in his short time in Tampa.
He was a 16-game starter for the Eagles during their Super Bowl 2017 season and was thriving in Jim Schwartz’s defense — opposed to his less-effective Chip Kelly/Billy Davis years. But he was released by the Eagles in March following the championship win, clearing up $5 million in cap space, and ultimately signed a 3-year, $23 million deal with the Bucs.
Now, after making the rounds to a few other teams, it looks like Howie Roseman and company are interested in bringing their second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft back home — like another Buccaneer, DeSean Jackson. Curry’s return may indicate that the team is unsure about Chris Long’s future, or that he’s willing to take a cheaper deal to get back to Philly.
Note that signing Curry doesn’t impact the Eagles’ compensatory pick formula since the Bucs cut him earlier this offseason.
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