Curry is signing a one-year contract with the Eagles, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Curry visited with a number of teams since being cut loose from Tampa Bay last month, but he's now officially heading back to the team he won a Super Bowl with just two seasons ago. It's not clear how large a role he'll have in his age-31 season, but Curry nonetheless figures to maintain a key role in the defensive end rotation. His importance would become even more pronounced if Chris Long decides to hang up the cleats.
Curry is nearing a deal to return to the Eagles, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Bringing back former fan favorite DeSean Jackson apparently wasn't enough for the Eagles this offseason. With Curry back in the fold, Philadelphia will reunite the same defensive end rotation it had in 2017 when it won the Super Bowl, only this time Curry will have not one, but two, space-eating defensive tackles on the interior in Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson. In his one-season stint with Tampa Bay in 2018, the then-30-year-old Curry produced 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 12 games.
Signed to a three-year, $27 million contract last offseason, Curry managed just 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks across 12 games (seven starts) in his lone season with Tampa Bay. The 30-year-old defensive may draw interest as a potential starter on the free-agent market, but he'll presumably have to settle for a smaller contract this time around. The Bucs likely will transition to a 3-4 scheme -- or at least a hybrid version -- under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
Curry, who was credited with two solo tackles, including one for loss, in a Week 17 loss to the Falcons, finished the 2018 season with 21 tackles (15 solo), including three for loss, and 2.5 sacks across 12 games.
A somewhat heralded free-agent addition this past offseason, Curry wasn't a starter by season's end, ceding the defensive end spot opposite Jason Pierre-Paul to Carl Nassib (shoulder). Curry did run with the first team in the season finale due to Nassib's inactive status, but the latter was considerably more productive on the season with six sacks. Looking ahead to 2019, Curry is on the books for a cap hit of $8 million, but per Spotrac, Tampa can cut ties with the veteran without penalty. Therefore, it remains to be seen if the 30-year-old will be in a Bucs uniform next season, especially with a new coaching staff on its way into town.
Curry will start at defensive end in Sunday's game against the Falcons, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Curry is drawing the start in place of Carl Nassib (shoulder). Curry hasn't seen more than 27 snaps since Week 9 while operating as a backup, picking up just one sack in that time. He'll look to put together a solid game with an increased snap count as a starter.
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||21||15.0||6||2.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|