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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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Ivan2727
2 years ago

Carl Nassib >

nybuccguy
2 years ago

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

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

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.

Horse
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

I don’t see Gholston making this team.

MNBucFan
Reply to  Horse
2 years ago

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.

MNBucFan
Reply to  MNBucFan
2 years ago

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.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  MNBucFan
2 years ago

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

Ja'crispy
2 years ago

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