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.
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 email@example.com