The Eagles are bringing back a familiar face to bolster their defensive line depth, signing Vinny Curry to a one-year deal, sources confirm to NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Curry, 32, played in all 16 games last season with two starts and finished the season with five sacks. Curry also had 27 tackles, 5 TFLs and 12 QB hits last season.
Curry’s one-year deal is worth up to $2 million, with $1.3 million guaranteed, a source confirmed. NFL Network first reported the news. Curry was also weighing an offer from the Browns, according to our own Derrick Gunn.
That 5-sack total was the second-highest in his career and the most he had in a single season since 2014, when he had 9.0.
With Curry back in the mix, the Eagles will go into 2020 with Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett as their starters at DE. Curry and Josh Sweat will be the primary rotational players. And then we’ll see which players out of Genard Avery, Shareef Miller, Joe Ostman and Casey Toohill make the roster.
Curry was a 2nd-round pick out of Marshall back in 2012 and while he’s never really lived up to that draft status, he’s put in a lot of solid seasons in an Eagles uniform. After the 2017 season, he cashed in on a big deal with the Buccaneers but lasted just one year in Tampa Bay. Curry signed a one-year deal with the Eagles for the 2019 season too.
While Graham and Barnett led the way in snaps for the Eagles last year with 791 and 712, respectively, Curry was next with 397 snaps. He played more than Sweat.
We’ll also see what this means for Malik Jackson. The Eagles’ defensive tackle has the ability to play defensive end and likely would have if the Eagles needed depth there. But signing Curry might take care of that.
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