The continual roster change of the Buccaneers defensive lineman from year-to-year continued on Tuesday, when the team released high price defensive end of Vinny Curry after just one season in Tampa Bay.
The Bucs made the move official through their website on Tuesday morning that they’re cutting the veteran, who they acquired just a year ago as a free agent from the Philadelphia Eagles:
We have released DE Vinny Curry.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 12, 2019
Curry never lived up to the billing being sign from the world champions as he started just seven games registering only 2.5 sacks, as the Bucs finished 5-11 for the second straight year.
The two bigger factors are: the Bucs picked up defensive end Carl Nassib off waivers at the beginning of 2018 regular season from Cleveland. And, he quickly replaced Curry for playing time in their rotation and excelled.. And, of course, Curry was owed $8,000,000 in non-guaranteed salary for 2019.
One further factor in that the Bucs have a new coaching staff and new scheme upcoming with Bruce Arians being hired and bringing in former Jets coach and Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles with him. And, today’s move showed Curry obviously did not fit into their plans at that price.
The move is the latest misfire for Buccaneers GM Jason Licht trying to bring in an impact defensive line free agent signing to Tampa Bay.
The Bucs previously signed Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson in 2014, but he was also cut after one unproductive season. And, the same was the case two years ago, when the Bucs signed away former Redskins defensive tackle Chris Baker. Baker was also a bust and released in a salary cap move last February.
Curry and teammate Beau Allen were signed together off the Eagles and neither registered much of an impact last year. The Bucs also signed Mitch Unrein, as a free agent defensive tackle from Chicago, but he never played a snap in the regular season after suffering a concussion in training camp. There is some belief that Unrein may end up retiring from the NFL.
It should be noted that Licht did trade for Jason Pierre-Paul with the New York Giants last March and JPP became the first Buccaneer to register 10 sacks in a season since 2005.
And as we referenced above, Licht is responsible for getting Carl Nassib off the waiver wire from the Browns, and he had a solid first season in Tampa Bay with 6.5 sacks.
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