One of the Bucs top free agent signees from 2018 has been released. In a statement by the team on Tuesday, the Bucs announced they have released defensive end Vinny Curry after just one season.

Curry, 31, was under contract until the 2020 season and the move saves the team $8 million is cap space.

Bucs DE Vinny Curry – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

Playing in 12 games in 2018, Curry notched 21 tackles, 2.5 sacks, seven quarterback hits and five tackles for loss in his lone season in Tampa Bay.

During the four games Curry missed with injury, Carl Nassib emerged as a viable replacement and finished the season with 6.5 sacks. Nassib is under contract for 2019 at just over $2 million from his original rookie deal.

Curry is the first in a long list of tough decisions the team will need to make as they try and free up cap space to sign some of their own unrestricted free agents while also adding some additional talent via free agency next month.

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  1. Carl Nassib >

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  2. This was an obvious one. He didnt come close to earning that contract

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  3. Logical move as the Bucs need to get younger pass rusher at DE spot given they only have Nassib + Gholston. And Gholston is really a run stopper while Nassib is on a short deal.

    Whether the Bucs use 4-3 or 3-4 the Bucs need to add another pass rusher to the mix at DE.

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    • I don’t see Gholston making this team.

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      • Gholston is a good fit for a 3-4 DE. I can see him staying. His cap number isn’t crazy in today’s NFL. If he is let go, who do you replace him with at his age that is younger or better. IMO, he stays.

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        • You do realize his cap hit is $3.75. Who would you bring in at his size and age for that money with NFL experience. He has shown that he can stop the run and set the age at his position. In a 3-4, that is the job. The negative comment is funny. The Bucs will be a base 3-4 (IMO) and Gholston is perfectly suited for that job with a manageable cap hit. I think you can look for savings elsewhere.

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          • I have to agree no point in creating more holes on the roster. Gholston still provides good value relative to his cap number.

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  4. Good move and was expected. Now we have enough to sign the Honey Badger.

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  5. Bucs need to focus on the trenches this year (OL and DL). Youth added to OL and DL will help the Bucs for many years to come if they are smart.

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  6. It’s a shame he didn’t pan out better but Nassib emerging was one of the best things to happen last season. I have a good feeling this Staff will do a good job of trimming the fat and figuring out guys like Adams are hiding within the 5-11 year we had. Possible making moves like Stewart to Safety and after FA I feel like our obvious holes will be fewer and by Preseason those holes will be gone… Hey, without hope we have nothing Hahaha

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  7. Cut that dead wood and free up some cap space! I’d rather have youth and reasonable salary than overpaid and underperforming vets! I hope more cuts will soon follow! Go Bucs!

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  8. That’s one. Let’s keep it rolling.

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    • Franchise LT Smith, Keep McCoy one more year (maybe restructure the contract), sign RT Dotson 1 more year, Resign WR Humphries. Cut WR Jackson (a free up of 10 million) and cut OL Benenoch (the worst OL performer last year and is due an incredible 2 million next year, for Benenoch!?!?) With the three cuts of Curry, Jackson, and Benenoch you add around 20 million new cap space. This lets you lock in a solid performer like Humphries (does special teams as well) and go after the “Honey Badger” a critical DB position. I do not like it for it was a complete waste of over 6 million dollars last season, but retaining DL Gholston could be a necessary evil with the new 3-4 defensive being implemented this year. At least Gholston drops from 6 million to 2 million this year. They can rotate him in and out of the two different end spots on the 3-4. You have to strategically retain something or you will be filling double and triple the holes in one year. That can not be done even with a successful draft.

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      • I would try to trade for McCoy, still not on board keepingt LT Smith. I like keeping Dotosn – he’s on the back end of his career, but he’s been a solid long time Buc and can contribute, even if he’s not a starter. Love keeping Hump. Gholston may be a necessary evil, but the price is right. Agree cutting D-Jax – unless we can trade him, maybe to Johnny and the Raiders. Open to the Honey Badger, but need to see how the roster shapes up.

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  9. Wow, what a tough decision that was.
    Jacrispy, let me get this right, you want to sign an undersized DB who has is injury prone because he lacks the bulk to play his position.
    Hope Carolina signs you as their GM.

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    • You do know that honey badger played his best seasons under Arians right? He has also stayed healthy the last 2 years and his “lack” of size has not hindered his performance..

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      • While I, personally, like our safety group, more-so if we move Stewart, and don’t believe we NEED to sign a FA safety, BucRy is spot on with his comment. Dude is “undersized” and has had a history of getting hurt. But, he also moves like he’s 180 and hits like he’s 230….. With a knack for find the ball, I might add

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  10. Here we go!

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  11. 12.2m + 8m puts Bucs at 20.2m in cap space. Plenty of room to extend D.Smith and Hump.

    Next up: Cut/trade D.jax(+10m) and GMC(+13m). Extend Kwon(-8m).
    15m left for FA RB & CB.

    Draft Oline and Dline.

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    • * restructure McCoy

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      • * If he was good, I would agree. Since he’s not, he needs to go. Someone be a gentleman and hold the door for him.

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    • Keep GMC one more year, especially with so many parts already moving. You may be playing whack-a-mole if you create too many holes while trying to fill so many holes; RG, LT, RT, SS, CB1, CB2, LB (for the 3-4 defense), RB, maybe C, maybe WR3 (if Humphries is not retained), TE Brate is recovering from various injuries and hip surgery, Backup QB is possible, the kicker odyssey continues, and various DL positions to be upgraded or added on too.

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      • No hole with McCoy, Curry and Unrein gone. 3-4 or 4-3 don’t matter.

        DL – Vea, JPP, Allen, Gholston, Nassib, Rookie
        LB – David, Kwon, Beckwith, Spence, Minter
        CB – VH3, Davis, Smith, Elliot, MJ Stewart, Veteran free agent
        S – Evans, Whitehead, Adams, Johnson, MJ Stewart

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      • We don’t need a second CB, Davis III will be even better next year and will be a solid starter for years to come. We don’t need a new C, with a good RG his penalties will go down and he is solid. As much as I would like a Stud LT, keeping Smith (hopefully with low guaranteed money) means we can daft a RT that can hopefully move to LT in the future. Guys like Adams really showed promise at Safety when he got a chance st the end of last year and if moving Stewart is possible Safety may not be a hole at all next year. LB is something we will need to pick up in FA or the Draft due to needing more in a 3-4 and WR3 is something we will need to solidify with either Humphries or someone else…

        So in terms of immediate needs it really turns into RG, RT, CB1(2), LB, WR3, K. Obviously every position could use depth like Dline but our biggest holes last year were Secondary and Oline. I have Faith this new Staff will find strengths where we may not have realized before and after FA some of those holes will be filled so that in the Draft we can really focus on those last few pieces to make this team solid all around…

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  12. Another failed FA signing by the great team builder Jason Licht. When will ownership realize that Licht doesn’t know what he’s doing with free agency, or the draft. So many blown second round picks, so many FA busts. He did slightly better this time with Curry, at least he never humped a palm tree!

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    • Your handle is surferdudes…..enough said.

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    • Licht should not be allowed to pick the 2nd round. Have a contest to let a fan pick the 2nd round. We could pick better any time in the 2nd.

      go Bucs !!!

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    • Licht’s drafts have been bad but he has had some hits. The FA is what really catches up to him. He is still recovering from his first year on the job when the entire OL fell right out from under him. His drafting is looked upon more favorability than what you wrote, but you have to know what saved him this last go around was the hiring of Arians. That gave Licht his recent life line. If it was another coach being hired, Licht would have been gone.

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    • I knew there couldn’t be a story about waiving Curry without hearing some negative crap on Licht. I noticed that the O.J. Howard piece by Trevor (also issued today) did not draw reader praise for Licht – it’s so much easier to sit back and bitch about decisions that don’t pan out than to Licht’s brilliant drafting of Howard (which was not initially a slam dunk, to say the least).

      It’s a shame Curry underachieved, but he wouldn’t have been waived without the emergence of Licht’s free agent signing of Nassib. Haters will always be haters.

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  13. Licht’s won, loss record speaks for itself. If you’re happy with the job he’s done gcolerick, you deserve back, to back 5-11 seasons, and a second round kicker who’s no longer in the NFL.

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    • I guess the number 4 offense in the league last year doesn’t count for anything along with a top rated offense year after year… Arians wouldn’t be here without Licht so as much as you think he was saved by Arians, when Arians turns the culture around in Tampa then maybe then you’ll be thanking him. Even if it is just to yourself…

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  14. surferdudes, I used to be a Licht supporter, even when he trade up to get Arroyo in the second round.
    But that support was only there “if” he had worked out and become the type of kicker a second round pick would justify.
    Unfortunately for Bucland, he did not.
    He has been awful in the second round and I’m not even taking RoJo into account because I’m a patient man and still don’t consider him a bust. Hopefully he is spending his off season on the Juggs machine and hooking up with Winston to play catch whenever he can.
    I think we all know Winston is the type of guy who would only be to happy to help RoJo with his pass catching skills. Unfortunately MeShawn Jackson doesn’t seem to think he needs to put any extra work with the starting QB.
    I don’t even blame Licht for his FA acquisitions in the first year and the blowing up of a pretty good offensive line. I firmly believe that was the idiots Lovie Smith’s doing since he had full control of the roster in the first season.
    But the overriding thought is he has had five years to build this team and he is the one buying the groceries and so far the meals have been none to good. Especially the last two seasons.

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  15. I know that this may not be popular, but Kwon is gone. The new coaching staff just spent the last week or so evaluating the team and I hope they saw what I see, Kwon is a splash player that is often hurt that allows big plays for the opponent. I love the highlights, but that is not winning football for your middle linebacker. IMO Lavonte should be the only safe LB. He is the only veteran (besides JPP) with a high cap number that will be on this team in 2019-2020. No one else is safe. The exception could or should be Gholston. He serves a function at a decent price and age that the Bucs can’t replace economically.

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  16. Concerning Licht, groceries are here and all the ingredients but we had no cook. Think DL Curry couldn’t play? he’ll have a job before the week, this was purely a move for cap savings period. Lichts doing what good GM’s do and I’m pretty sure he knows his job better than we do.

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  17. No surprise. Curry proved to be “just a guy”, but at least he wasn’t a complete “turd” like Swaggy Baker and Licht’s collection of F/A’s who didn’t pan out. Curry was injured much of the year and we got a bit lucky with Nasib here to step in and be more productive than he had been with the Browns.

    I’m sure this is just the first of many. Some might even be surprise departures. No, Bob…….not Jameis Winston.

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    • Once free agency in the draft is over we will see if Jameis Winston is still here. If the Bucs keep him he gets 21 million dollars If Bucs release Jameis he won’t get 12 anywhere else as backup

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  18. Jason Lichts first pick fat man had half the tackles and sacks as a player cut by browns. And no one other than me even says a word

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  19. BucAssBad, other than your hatred of Jameis Winston, the reason no one responds to you is because you communicate like you have marbles in your hand. I, for one, have absolutely no idea who you are talking about.

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  20. Captain Sly, I know that was what Light sold the Glazer’s to keep his job another year so this will be the make or break year for him.
    He might have a point with the defense since under Duffner they improved a good deal.
    But what about that offensive line.
    Say what you will about Warhol, but the Jags thought enough about him to snap him up as soon as he was released.
    Since Mankind left the Bucs O line has been average at the very best.
    We are talking about replacing one player and yet the Bucs have gone through all sorts of different configurations other than to draft a good guard in the first or second round or pick one up in FA.
    We have moved Marpet all around the line, signed a FA center and a RG, drafted tackles and made them guards but we have never drafted or signed a FA LG.
    We seem to be going around in circles instead of taking a straight line.
    That, sir, is the fault of the GM.

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    • There’s no perfect roster in the NFL. You think the Patriots have a perfect roster? The league is set up for parity, the only thing separating the good teams from the great teams is coaching and player development. You think GM Belichect has hit on all his draft picks and free agents? Warhop may be a good coach he just wasn’t good here. I’m not going to defend Licht because he’s perfect, I’m going to defend the fact that he’s the best GM we’ve had around here.

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