Bucs release Vinny Curry

February 15, 2019
Vinny Curry talks with young athletes during his annual football camp at Marshall University in 2017. Curry, who has spent several years in the NFL, was released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday.

HUNTINGTON — Former Marshall University defensive end Vinny Curry was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday.

Curry, 30, played one season in Tampa Bay after signing with the NFL team prior to the 2018 season. Curry’s contract was a three-year deal worth $23 million with the Buccaneers. Curry had to deal with ankle issues in the middle of the 2018 season, but played in 12 games with seven starts while finishing with 21 tackles, 2.5 quarterback sacks, seven quarterback hurries and five tackles for loss.

The move is more of a financial one for the Buccaneers, who moved forward with younger defensive end Carl Nassib when Curry was injured midway through the season.

Curry was scheduled to make $8 million in 2019 — $5 million of it guaranteed — if he was still on the roster on March 17.

His release comes as Tampa Bay ushers in a new coaching staff with a new defensive scheme. Head coach Bruce Arians brought in former New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles as his defensive coordinator.

Bowles is expected to employ a 3-4 defensive scheme, which does not suit the talents of Curry, who has played within both a 3-4 and 4-3 scheme during his seven full years in the league.

The Buccaneers signed Curry in March 2018 after he was a part of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl run in the 2017 season — a season when he started all 16 games.

Tampa Bay’s decision to release Curry comes four weeks before the start of free agency and makes him an unrestricted free agent, which means he is free to sign with any team he chooses.

As soon as news of Curry’s release came, several names of teams emerged as potential landing spots including a reunion with the Eagles. According to reports, other teams thought to be interested include the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns.