The Philadelphia Eagles have completed their DE rotation with the re-signing of Vinny Curry.
According to a handful of credible sources, including Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport, the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on terms to bring back veteran edge rusher Vinny Curry. Curry is coming off his most productive season since 2014, recording five total sacks despite playing as a backup for a majority of the season.
There were plenty of question marks regarding the Eagles depth at defensive end, so it almost felt inevitable that the team would add another pass rusher at some point. They were heavily linked to both Everson Griffen and Jadeveon Clowney, but it appears the Eagles have settled on someone who they are far more familiar with.
Curry played a huge role during the Eagles 2017 Super Bowl run, starting all 16 games in the regular season, along with the three postseason matchups. He finished the year with three sacks, 42 total tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, and 18 quarterback hits.
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Howie Roseman and the Eagles opted to let Curry leave in free agency the following year, as he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After struggling to really solidify a role for himself down in Florida, Curry and the Eagles found themselves reunited again in 2019.
Curry was really good last year. He recorded five sacks and 12 quarterback hits, and ranked towards the top of the league in terms of total pass rush productivity. He did all of this while playing as a rotational pass rusher, as Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham were the primary “every down” starters.
Bringing back Curry at this stage in free agency is a no brainer for Philadelphia. He knows the system extremely well and is still just 32 years old. Considering the team’s major money problems moving forward, signing Curry for a reported fee of $2.0 million ($1.3 million guaranteed), is another added plus to this move. The Eagles find their go-to backup edge rusher, while remaining financially responsible.
The Philadelphia Eagles defensive line unit is projected to be one of the best in the NFL in 2020, and the re-signing of Curry only solidifies that. The team brought in standout DT Javon Hargrave early in the offseason, and Malik Jackson returning from injury is an added boost as well.