Philadelphia Eagles re-sign veteran defensive end Vinny Curry

The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed veteran defensive end Vinny Curry, extending his second stint with the team after a year in Tampa Bay.

The Eagles re-signed defensive end Vinny Curry on Friday after he posted five sacks in 2019, extending his second stint in Philadelphia after he spent 2018 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Curry started just two games in 2019, but should remain a valuable rotational pass-rusher for a playoff hopeful.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network was the first to break the news on Twitter, much to the delight of Eagles fans whose already deep pass-rushing group just brought back another contributor.

While he will not be a starter barring an injury to Derek Barnett or Brandon Graham, he is one of the best backups that the Eagles could have brought in at the position, and appears to be signing on to a team-friendly deal.

Per reports, the one-year deal is worth up to $2 million with playoff and performance-based incentives. If Curry reaches his previous peaks (nine sacks in 2014), this could be a steal for Philadelphia.

As Kevin Patra of NFL Network reasoned, Curry’s familiarity with the organization could be a major advantage, as the coronavirus pandemic could cause some roster instability in 2020. With the NFL choosing not to employ a bubble approach like the NBA, coronavirus cases will likely pop up around the league, and teams need to have the depth to overcome infections.

Re-signing Curry could be the finishing touch on a deep defensive line, potentially preventing the Eagles from giving Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffen a look. Both would likely come at a much higher price point, and Curry can coexist with young players like Barnett without taking too many snaps away.

With most of the free agent talent on the market already signed, Curry’s addition provides a decent boost for the Eagles, and brings a familiar piece back to the front four.

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