Philadelphia Eagles: See you in 2022, Vinny Curry

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As unfortunate as it may be to report, Vinny Curry‘s season – with the New York Jets, not the Philadelphia Eagles – is officially over.

That’s right, despite making his debut with the league’s other green and white franchise a few months back, Curry was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder that required the removal of his spleen and some R&R that would leave him sidelined through mid-September.

Considering the 2021 NFL season technically doesn’t start until the second week of September this year, if all went according to plan, that would put Curry in line for his Gang Green debut right around Week 1, maybe Week 3 at the latest.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go according to plan for the former Eagles draftee.

No, according to his own Instagram, Curry suffered a setback that resulted in blood clots forming, which required going on blood thinners to help with his recovery at the expense of physical contact for the next three-to-six months.

You hate to see this happen to any player, especially a player like Vinny Curry, who lives green like the rest of us.

Hopefully, we’ll see Curry play for or against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022.

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It doesn’t matter about the number on his chest, the color of his jersey, or the team he’s technically cashing his checks from; Vinny Curry is a member of the Philadelphia Eagles through and through.

A lifelong member of Bleeding Green Nation dating all the way back to his childhood in Jupiter, New Jersey, Curry formally joined the Eagles in 2012 as the team’s second-round pick, sandwiched between future All-Pros Lavonte David and Kelechi Osemele.

Did Curry ever reach those ranks? No. While Curry did record a series of four consecutive seasons where he logged 10-plus QB hits and 18 total sacks, he ultimately underperformed the massive five-year, $47.25 million contract he signed in 2016 and was unceremoniously cut in March of 2018, a few months removed from riding down Broad Street a Super Bowl champion.

Fun fact: Curry even landed a custom Eagles-themed WWE Championship belt for his troubles, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me.

From there, Curry signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers alongside his fellow former Eagle Beau Allen before returning on a pair of one-year contracts for the 2019 and 2020 NFL seasons.

Were Curry’s final two seasons with the Eagles as good as his 2014-17 prime? No. While he did amass five sacks in 2019 and three more in 2020, he only started five games versus 27 appearances and rapidly found himself expendable thanks to the emergence of Josh Sweat.

Could the Eagles have brought back Curry for the 2021 season? Sure, but considering he and Brandon Graham effectively play the same position and Jonathan Gannon wanted to really key in on hybrid players who can effortlessly transition from 4-3 to 3-4 depending on the schematic needs of any given play, Curry was allowed to test the market and opted to play for one of only two teams in the NFL who play in his home state.

For a Jersey kid, going from the Eagles to the Jets must make getting family and friends to games a relatively easy endeavor.

But alas, while Curry could conceivably be a fixture of Jets games this fall, it won’t be on the field, as he will all but surely spend the duration of his one-year contract on IR.

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So Vinny Curry, best of luck with the recovery, my guy. While you may no longer be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles on the depth chart or on the books, you will hold a special place in the hearts of fans in the City of Brotherly Love who watched you give it your all for the better part of a decade. That sort of passion is all fans around these parts really want from their athletes.