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Curry, Eagles reunion makes sense for both sides

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 12, 2019 - 10:22 am

The Eagles are going to be looking for defensive line help this offseason, and a familiar face is reportedly going to be hitting the free agency market. 

According to a report from the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers plan on releasing defensive end Vinny Curry after just one year with the team. Cutting Curry is partially a cost-saving move, as it saves the team $8 million, but the Buccaneers’ switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense likely also played a role. 

Curry’s first season in Tampa Bay didn’t go as planned. Curry played in just 42% of the snaps and finished with only 2.5 sacks. 

Could the Eagles make a run at a reunion with Curry? It certainly makes plenty of sense.

The Eagles wanted Curry back in 2018, but had to cut him for financial reasons. Eve after trading for defensive end Michael Bennett, the Eagles were still trying to work a deal out with Curry, hoping he would take less money to stay before ultimately cutting him. Assuming Curry’s one year with the Buccaneers didn’t completely change their view of him as a player, it is safe to say the front office is a fan of Curry’s game. 

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The defensive coaches would also likely love to see Curry back. The Eagles are in danger of being razor thin at defensive end, considering Brandon Graham is set to become a free agent, and Chris Long has not been completely clear he is coming back next season. Add in the shoulder injury that Derek Barnett is recovering from with the disappointing year that rookie Josh Sweat had, and defensive end is a big need for the Eagles. 

Curry might not come in and be a full-time starter, but as a rotational player, Curry coming back makes a ton of sense for both sides. Curry gets to return to a place he enjoyed playing, close to his hometown of New Jersey, and the Eagles get some much needed depth.

Assuming Curry won't command a ton of money on the open market, it wouldn't be surprising to see Curry back in an Eagles' uniform next season. 

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