Eagles Set for Another Reunion with Vinny Curry
DeSean Jackson isn't the only familiar face back in Philadelphia.
The Eagles are set to dip into their past again by signing veteran defensive end Vinny Curry to a one-year deal, according to an NFL source. Philly.com's Zach Berman was the first to report the news.
Curry, 30, was with the Eagles from 2012-2017 after being selected as a second-round pick out of Marshall. He was released last year in a salary-cap crunch before relocating to Tampa Bay for what turned out to be just one season.
Curry originally signed a three-year, $23 million deal with the Bucs and Tampa Bay, which underwent a regime change from Dirk Koetter to Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles, saved $8M by releasing the New Jersey native.
Curry, who grew up as an Eagles fan, was the starter at right end during the Super Bowl LII 2017 season opposite Brandon Graham with then-rookie Derek Barnett and veteran Chris Long completing Jim Schwartz's rotation.
For the most part, Barnett would replace Curry as the nickel rusher at right end and took over the starting job last season before going down with a torn rotator cuff.
This time around Curry would project as depth behind Graham and Barnett and his signing could be an indication that the Eagles are concerned with the future of Long, 34, who is still under contract by contemplating whether to play in 2019.
Philadelphia also has the rangy Daeshon Hall as well as second-year player Josh Sweat on hand at DE. Sweat interestingly took Curry's former No. 75 and will now likely suffer the same fate as Mack Hollins, who had to hand No. 10 back to Jackson.
While Curry likely wouldn't impact Long's potential playing time or role, the addition of Malik Jackson, a solid interior rusher, could keep Graham at left end in the nickel and Curry would offer insurance at both outside positions.
In his first six NFL seasons in Philadelphia, Curry played in 84 games [23 starts] and amassed 22 sacks with a career-high of nine in 2014.