Curry recorded one solo tackle and a sack across 48 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Saints. Curry was brought in during the offseason as part of a retooled defensive line for the Buccaneers, which also includes fellow newcomers Jason Pierre-Paul and Beau Allen. Curry will look to add to his sack total Sunday against his former team, the Eagles.
Curry is set to sign with the Bucs, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. The news of Curry's three-year deal -- reportedly worth up to $27 million -- comes on the heels of Robert Ayers' release. Curry spent the last six seasons in Philadelphia, where he accumulated 22 sacks over the years. The versatile pass rusher has shown flashes of star potential but has struggled with consistency at times.
Curry is being released by the Eagles, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The writing was on the wall when the Eagles added Michael Bennett to a group of defensive ends that already included Curry, Brandon Graham, Chris Long and 2017 first-round pick Derek Barnett. A pay cut or trade were both options, but the former wasn't agreeable to Curry, while the latter was always a long shot due to the size of his contract. The 2012 second-round pick is a well-rounded defensive end, but he only has 22 sacks in 84 games. His reputation nonetheless should ensure that he's viewed as one of the top remaining edge rusher on the market, heading into his age-30 season.
The Eagles are expected to release or trade Curry during the offseason, Geoff Mosher of 97.5 The Fanatic Philadelphia reports. The Eagles reached an agreement Wednesday to trade for the Seahawks' Michael Bennett, further bolstering a defensive line that already ranked among the deepest position groups in the league. The team previously was expected to discuss a pay cut with Curry, but an outright release now seems more likely. Curry will turn 30 years old in June and is scheduled for a $9 million base salary in 2018 following a 16-game campaign in which he had 42 tackles and three sacks. The Eagles simply don't need him at that cap figure.
The Eagles are in negotiations to keep Curry at a more team-friendly price, and other teams have also expressed interest in trading for the defensive end, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Curry was originally expected to be released due to his $9 million cap hit in 2018, but it's now apparent that the Philadelphia front office may have other plans in mind. However, it isn't clear how willing Curry may to take a pay cut, nor which teams may have interest in him should he remain under contract at his current salary.
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