Tampa Bay went out and signed defensive end Vinny Curry last off-season in free agency, by inking him to a three-year, $23 million deal, with $11.5 million guaranteed and $6.5 million guaranteed at signing.
Curry was coming off of one of his better seasons in 2017 before he hit the open market, but he only played in 12 games this past season, and even when he did play it was a down season for Curry, only registering 21 tackles, 2.5 sacks, five tackles for loss and only hitting the quarterback seven times, which tied a career-low that Curry had in 2013, which was his first season as a full-time player.
With the slip in production and him only being able to play 12 games, this is a fairly smart move for the Buccaneers to make because they’ll be saving $8 million in cap this season by not having Curry on the roster.
Tampa Bay is a team that is in flux right now coming off of a bad season, but having hired Bruce Arians as their head coach, they believe they can win with some re-tooling of the roster and I actually believe that too. I like some of the pieces on their roster and freeing up that $8 million in cap space could be helpful. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them make some more moves to try and free up even more cap space.
A candidate for that could be Jason Pierre-Paul, because if they release him before June 1st they save $14.7 million towards the cap, but we will have to wait and see what other moves they decide to make because they do have some pretty big contracts.
For Curry, he still should be able to find a job in the league despite his drop in production this season. He’ll be 31 years old by the time this upcoming season starts, but he can still help a team as a veteran to add depth to a defensive line unit, he just likely won’t be making as much as he was going to had he been on the Buccaneers roster to start the season.