Vinny Curry was a highly celebrated signing in the offseason last year. His signing along with Beau Allen and the trade for Jason Pierre-Paul and the hiring of (now Raiders) d-line coach Brentson Buckner was supposed to be a start of something great in Tampa. He was supposed to bring veteran championship experience to the young pieces on the defense.
Trouble is, he didn’t.
While he may have been a veteran presence, his skill on the field for most of the season didn’t live up to his pay grade. It wasn’t long after his ankle injury early in the season that the Bucs picked up DE Carl Nassib on waivers from Cleveland. That was when the window of opportunity all but closed for Curry. Even after he was healthy the starting role was Nassib’s to lose and Nassib wasn’t about to let it go.
Curry went on record to say earlier in the offseason he asked to be released because he “saw the 3-4 coming” and now says that his time with the Bucs was “a long offseason”. Curry finished his “offseason” with 24 tackles, 6 assists, and 2.5 sacks which were roughly half of all of his stats across the board during his time in Philadelphia. He cut was after 1 year of his 3 year $23m deal. That’s expensive for 2.5 sacks and losing your job to a waived 3rd rounder. Glad your offseason is over Mr. Curry. Now get to work.