NY Jets officially sign veteran defensive end Vinny Curry

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The NY Jets continue to add to their already-stacked defensive line, this time officially agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with veteran defensive end Vinny Curry.

The Jets announced on Wednesday that they had signed Curry after reportedly bringing him in for a visit earlier in the day. Evidently, Curry never left the building.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the deal is for one year worth a maximum of $2 million with incentives. His base salary will be $1.3 million with $1.075 million of it guaranteed.

Curry helps add to a Jets’ pass-rush rotation that has already been bolstered this offseason by the signings of both Carl Lawson and Sheldon Rankins. Now, the Jets have added a veteran to the group.

Vinny Curry will be extra pass-rush depth for the NY Jets

A second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2012 NFL Draft, Curry has spent all but one of his nine NFL seasons in Philly. He’s been a solid rotational end for most of his career and garnered a reputation as a fan-favorite, locker-room leader.

That’s probably what most endeared him to general manager Joe Douglas. That and the fact that the two crossed paths for a few years with the Eagles when Douglas was serving as the team’s vice president of player personnel.

At 32-years-old, Curry is hardly a long-term fix. However, he’s still playing at a pretty high level and could serve as a valuable rotational piece in a revamped front-four.

Curry played in 11 games last season recording three sacks and 10 QB hits. He finished with a Pro Football Focus grade of 68.6 which ranked middle-of-the-pack but was also just his second sub-70 grade since 2014.

In two of the past four seasons, Curry has been ranked in the top-25 edge defenders in football by PFF with grades just south of 80.0. He’s a productive pass-rusher and a rock-solid run defender.

New head coach Robert Saleh’s influence on this offseason has been evident with the Jets loading up their defensive line more than at any point in recent memory.

Saleh thrived in San Francisco due in part to an impressively deep defensive front. The Jets are looking to emulate that successful strategy in New York.

The Jets have shown interest in Curry numerous times over the past couple of years, to the point that this almost feels like destiny.

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