The Buccaneers main goal for their 2018 free agency plan has been to improve both sides of the trenches. So far, the greater emphasis has been on getting better on the defensive side, trying to improve the league’s worst pass rush from 2017.

In addition to adding Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein on the interior, a report from ESPN’s Jenna Laine tells us that the team has also agreed to terms with pass rush Vinny Curry.

Curry, who will be 30 when the 2018 season begins, was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. In his six seasons in Philly, Curry recorded 22 sacks, including nine in one season. Curry was released by the Eagles earlier this free agency period to make room for Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata as the team’s new additions.

Curry is now the third new defensive lineman to be added this free agency period.

Share On Socials

About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
Subscribe
Notify of
58 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Brooks Dunn-Winston
Brooks Dunn-Winston
4 years ago

Boom!!!!

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
4 years ago

Now we are talking. Cutting Ayers was pretty much a foresight and I wish the man well. But we got younger and better at a much needed position. Well done Licht.

OneM24
OneM24
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

This basically cost us 3 million, considering he is getting an average of 9 mil/yr and we were paying Ayers 6 this year. I’ll take that!

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
4 years ago

The other shoe just dropped… lol

OneM24
OneM24
4 years ago

I like what we’re doing in the trenches. Good work!

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
4 years ago

Think the chemistry he has with Allen can only benefit the DL as well.

SappAttack
SappAttack
Reply to  FLBoy84
4 years ago

How can anyone “dislike” this post. It’s F’ing common sense

SappAttack
SappAttack
Reply to  SappAttack
4 years ago

was expecting the same idiots who “disliked” FLBoy84’s comment to dislike mine as well, including this one. happy St. Patty’s Day little boys. enjoy your first beers

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
Reply to  SappAttack
4 years ago

Thanks Sapp Attack, not sure there’s been too many posts on here were there wasn’t at least one “thumbs down”. You could probably just type Go Bucs!! on here and your guaranteed to get 2 or 3 lol. Side not for those clamoring for the Bucs to cut Gholston, he’s in the 2nd (and last) year of the guaranteed money on his deal, so releasing him wouldn’t save the team any cap space. He’ll count $6.5M whether he’s on the team or released, only option is to trade him to save the $6.5M. Hoping he’ll have a bounce-back year working… Read more »

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
Reply to  FLBoy84
4 years ago

Thank you for obliging… :)

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
Reply to  FLBoy84
4 years ago

His usage should be very similar to Ayers as well, who was often moved inside as a push rushing DT on passing downs. Very similar sized guys as well, with Curry being just a little heavier.

sidetrack
sidetrack
4 years ago

very good news! now go sign orlando scandrick and pray for a good draft, (DE Chubb) and just maybe the bucs will be competitive again.

artpac
artpac
4 years ago

I am not exactly excited about signing a guy who would be the 4th DE on most teams. This free agency period isn’t exactly filled with potential. At least Jensen moves marpet back to guard.

makski
makski
Reply to  artpac
4 years ago

I’m not sure if he would be the 4th DE on most teams. I think he would be the 2nd or 3rd DE on most teams. Look on the bright side, the DE’s that he is replacing on the Bucs would probably be the 5th or practice squad DE’s on most teams!!

geno711
geno711
Reply to  artpac
4 years ago

Not sure where your reference to why you believe he is a 4th DE on most teams. Although a different position, it appears that both he and LaVonte David had a similar grade in the 2012 draft. It also appears that although neither are considered Pro Bowl type players, both have had very strong careers for their teams. If we have players across our defense like David and Curry, we are IMO clearly better.

Timbuc2
Timbuc2
Reply to  geno711
4 years ago

Lavonte David not considered a Pro bowl player? Are you kidding me? What have you been watching these past few years? WOW

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  geno711
4 years ago

When a player is in his 7th season in the NFL the scouting report of him coming out of college is fairly meaningless.

Ryan Jensen was a 6th round pick, by the same rookie evaluation standard you’d be arguing we way overpaid for him and should have gone for the former first round pick Mike Pouncey. That would not be a good idea. Former top 5 pick RB’s Trent Richardson, Darren McFadden and Reggie Bush are on the street because of their play, not their glowing draft scouting reports or college career.

htownbucfan03
htownbucfan03
4 years ago

I kinda figured these moves would happen right behind each other. Would Dee Ford be a nice pick up also???

Timbuc2
Timbuc2
Reply to  htownbucfan03
4 years ago

You never get enough competition and that’s been lacking on this team for years now.

SappAttack
SappAttack
4 years ago

Loving the last few days of FA. Let’s get Gaines done now.

We daft Nelson or Chubb in the first
We take the best RB available in the 2nd
BPA through the rest of the draft minus QB, LB, WR and TE

Go Bucs!

ps I have a feeling we have one more move coming no one is seeing or talking about. Stay tuned.

SappAttack
SappAttack
4 years ago

Imagine:

Curry – Suh – McCoy – Chubb

It’s still possible

MrPoopyPants
MrPoopyPants
Reply to  SappAttack
4 years ago

No possible way Suh comes to the Bucs!! He’s already said he’s going to go to the team that offers him the most $$$$!! The Bucs don’t have much left and they won’t give it to him!!

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
Reply to  SappAttack
4 years ago

Even if Suh wanted to go to the Bucs, I don’t want him.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  JustaBuc
4 years ago

Me either.

e
e
4 years ago

Wow! Love the depth starting to develop on the lines!

Pit of misery
Pit of misery
4 years ago

#GO BUCS GREAT LAST COUPLE OF DAYS!

Jermaine Evans
Jermaine Evans
4 years ago

Way to go Licht I must admit you are building the trenches had me very worried at first

MrPoopyPants
MrPoopyPants
4 years ago

I’m excited about the last couple of days with what’s going on in the league!! The Jets trade is probably going to be the best move the Bucs “make” this offseason!! Looks like they will have a great shot at either Chubb, Nelson, or Barkley!! Hoping for Chubb or Nelson, but I think Barkley would be a good get!! Or, if for some reason neither Chubb or Nelson are there, I’m sure there will be quite a few teams willing to trade up for Barkley!! A quick comment on the moves that seem to be getting mixed reviews here and… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
4 years ago

Sorry. but it seems like an awful lot of money to pay a guy whohas never cracked double digits sacks in a season. But like I say, it’s not my money.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
4 years ago

It’s not all about the sacks, but as you noted, he’s not a sack-master like Simeon Rice. With regards to your perspective about, “not my money”; I would expect nothing less from you my friend.

CCCP
CCCP
4 years ago

Licht signed another 3rd rate player… because as we know three 3rd rate players = one 1st rate one.

Licht’s record in free agency says this will be another bust.

Sierra119
Sierra119
Reply to  CCCP
4 years ago

This from nfl.com

“The Eagles cut Curry on Friday after he declined to take a pay cut or restructure his contract with the team. He is ranked No. 18 on NFL.com’s Top 101 Free Agents of 2018.”

CCCP
CCCP
Reply to  Sierra119
2 years ago

Hey dope, how did that signing turn out? Oh right, exactly as I said it would.

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
4 years ago

A step in the right direction but definitely not the solution. Over the last 3 seasons he’s had a high of 3.5 sacks so we aren’t getting a game changer. An upgrade yes but he won’t save our pass rush. There’s a reason the Eagles opted to give up a draft pick plus pay more money for the older Bennett. Hopefully we make more moves for the pass rush Bc so far we’ve acquired 3 DL that might equal Clint’s sack total from season.

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

We have a lot of rotational players. I would cut Gholston as he’s not as good as the people we have signed recently. He hasn’t done much of anything in the years he’s been on this team; why are we keeping him?
When we drafted Will I thought he would develop into a good pass-rusher; I gave up on him finally last year. There’s only one player who proved he should stay from last year’s defensive line and that is McCoy, no one else.

Timbuc2
Timbuc2
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

I agree with that! Everyone else is expendable the way this D line has played these past few years.

Will Moffatt
Will Moffatt
4 years ago

Curry had 40+ qb hurries last season, the sack total doesn’t tell the entire story. Plus he was on a deep rotation with a great unit.
Great pick up! Go Bucs and great work by Trevor spending his St. Pattys day working.

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
4 years ago

Fixing the trenches is and should be priority #1. So far Licht is responding in a big way.

Phil
Phil
4 years ago

Now if we sign Suh the dline would look like something special!

Dennis
Dennis
4 years ago

Money comes and goes.. wouldnt Suh & mccoy want to co exist to get a championship ring? We would destroy any oline with those 2 in the center

Dman
Dman
4 years ago

Licht is going after depth, no super stars out there on the market. We’re bringing in the best fit for what’s available and what we want to do. I’d like to see whether we go after Hankins who was just released by Colts. He’s 26 and maybe pairs up well with McCoy.

Timbuc2
Timbuc2
Reply to  Dman
4 years ago

I’d like to see that also.

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

When signing any free agent or drafting a player the only qualification that really matters is if he is better than the player being replaced. So here we have Ayers being replaced by Vinny Curry. Is that an upgrade? Looks like it to me.

macabee
macabee
4 years ago

Vinny Curry is a good contract signing, but be careful of contract language. Curry signed a base contract of 23mil. As Jenna Laine reported, with incentives, the ability to make “up to’” 27mil. I do not know what those incentives are – could be sacks, could be pro bowl, or it could be playoffs. Consensus opinion is that he replaced DE Robert Ayers who signed a similar 3 year, $19,500,000 contract , including $10,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,500,000. In 2018, Ayers would have earned a base salary of $5,000,000 and a roster bonus of $1,000,000, while… Read more »

Will Moffatt
Will Moffatt
4 years ago

If we were to cut JR do you think we would be able to go get either Hankins, EJ, or Boston?

Dude
Dude
4 years ago

I’m not sure why everyone is getting excited about any of these DL’s we’ve signed. None of them are game breakers, or game changers, they are just bodies on the field. We need some pass rushers, and none of these guys are really going to give us that. I would of rather had them sign a more prominent player known for getting to the QB for a little more money and then find some good players in the draft. This is a deep draft for DL’s. I really like the Center we signed, maybe the kicker, but none of these… Read more »

Dman
Dman
Reply to  Dude
4 years ago

This is NOT a deep draft for EDGE rushers. And there were NO game breaking pass rushers available in free agency. Licht is adding solid pro’s where they are available as depth to the D line. All he can do at this point.

Dude
Dude
Reply to  Dman
4 years ago

You do have a point there.

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  Dude
4 years ago

None of them are even good, this guy was cut for a guy that was past his prime in Seattle. All average at best.

hamilton
hamilton
4 years ago

the bucs def was bad last year,you have to bring in more player,an give them a try.

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

Suh brings nothing but negativity to a locker room and he’s a dirty player, no way they sign him Jason and Kirk don’t go near guys like that

pinkstob
pinkstob
4 years ago

Well he’s better than Ayers.

Pit of misery
Pit of misery
4 years ago

Any inside information on a corner? Any visits scheduled ?

Andy Ely
Andy Ely
4 years ago

I am pretty excited about these moves, it probably wont happen until draft day to see how the draft plays out. But Licht needs to trade up with Denver to insure he gets Chubb. A good pass rush will help mask any problems we may have in the secondary. We also need to sign a corner like Darqueze Dennard who will be relatively inexpensive and he had a pretty solid year last year.

GO BUCS!

Bradenton BucFan
Bradenton BucFan
4 years ago

Is this guy related to Eric Curry (former Buc)? seems to be an improvement over last year. hope we keep Clinton macdonald. wish we would have kept M. Bennett some years ago. Mac, Mckoy, & Bennett over the last few years would have been something to cheer about.
,

plopes808
plopes808
4 years ago

So many negative comments about Curry’s “lack of sack production” but you must remember that Philly had a deep rotation on their Dline. None of them put up big numbers but as a whole, the numbers added up quick. We now have a good rotation to use and keep our DL fresh. 5 fresh guys are bette than one tired superstar in my opinion. Anyone who’s participated in sports knows how quick production can go down when exhausted. Besides our sack production, I don’t hear much about our run stopping ability. Last year we were pretty terrible at that as… Read more »

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Curry was not wanted by the Eagles, they felt they need to improve his position offered he a huge pay cut to chase him outdoor now Bucs have him and gave him big money. He is small and not that fast good job Bucs.

makski
makski
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Curry was wanted by the Eagles, they just needed to keep him at a lower cost, which he didn’t want to do. He is a very solid player and a big upgrade for us from last year! He didn’t have big sack totals because he almost never played on 3rd downs. Considering he played mainly on 1st and 2nd downs, his 3.5 sacks and I believe 40 QB pressures are very impressive.