You know the rules.
Whenever a former Eagle is cut or rumored to be on the trade block, we must ask ourselves if Howie Roseman should go out and get him.
Should the Eagles trade for Shady McCoy?
Should they bring DeSean Jackson home?
Actually, now that I think about it, this is applicable to any player, isn’t it?
Should the Eagles sign Kareem Hunt?
Should Howie Roseman trade for Antonio Brown?
Anyway, the latest name on the block is Super Bowl-winning defensive end Vinny Curry, who is being cut by the Buccaneers just one year into a three-year, $23 million dollar deal he signed after leaving the Birds as a cap casualty last summer.
Curry, who signed a three-year, $23 million deal last March after winning a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2018, had only 2.5 sacks and 21 tackles in 12 games last season, including seven as a starter.
But Curry lost his job as the Bucs’ starting defensive end to Carl Nassib, who was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.
Curry, 30, was due to earn $8 million in base salary for 2019, but none of that was guaranteed.
According to Overthecap.com, the Bucs had $8.482 million in salary cap space prior to Tuesday’s move. Tampa Bay could play a 3-4 defensive front under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
The last sentence is the most important. Curry is a 4-3 guy and the Bucs are changing things up under Bowles, who was brought in by new head coach Bruce Arians.
The Eagles parted ways with Curry in the summer because they needed cap relief and also had then-rookie Derek Barnett ready to assume the starting defensive end position opposite Brandon Graham. This summer, Graham is a free agent while Barnett returns from injury and Chris Long turns 34 years old. Tim Jernigan’s status is uncertain and the line, which is typically an Eagles strength, looks to have a lot of question marks at this moment in time.
Only 6.5 of Curry’s $23 million dollar deal with the Bucs was guaranteed, so this isn’t a huge loss on their end. This is a deep draft at defensive line, which might drive down the cost of free agent DL guys in Curry’s position. He will turn 31 by the start of training camp but didn’t miss a single game over his last four Philadelphia seasons while logging 18 sacks, 56 quarterback hits, and more than 80 tackles.
If the price is right, you can do a lot worse than Vinny Curry in the Birds’ defensive line rotation. I just don’t know what the price is. Derek Barnett is set to hit the cap at $3.5 million in 2019, the third year of his rookie deal. Good veterans like Bennett and Graham would hit probably around 7-9 million unless Graham wants to do the hometown discount, which he did allude to last month.
Vinny Curry part 2 might not be the worst idea in the world, assuming you also take advantage of the defensive line depth in the coming draft.