The NY Jets have made efforts to strengthen their defensive line this offseason. And it looks like they might not be done just yet with reports that veteran defensive end Vinny Curry is currently visiting with the team.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday that Curry was “currently on a visit with the Jets.” Of course, Curry is very familiar with general manager Joe Douglas as the two crossed paths in Philadelphia when Douglas was serving as the team’s vice president of player personnel.
This isn’t even the first time that Curry has been connected to the Jets either.
The Jets were reportedly very interested in signing Curry last offseason, but he ended up returning to the Eagles instead. Now, the Jets might be looking for a chance at redemption.
Vinny Curry would give the NY Jets more pass-rush depth
Curry has spent eight of his nine NFL seasons with the Eagles becoming a fan-favorite and an integral part of their front-seven rotation over the course of the past decade.
A second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Curry spent the first five years of his career as a rotational defensive end, but still managed to record some serious production.
Back in 2014, he even tallied nine sacks and four forced fumbles despite not starting a single game. Curry was promoted to a full-time starting job for the first time in his career in 2017 and he fared pretty well.
He spent the 2018 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his lone season away from Philadelphia, before returning to the Eagles in 2019.
At 32-years-old, Curry is hardly a long-term fit on the roster. But the veteran defensive end could provide further depth to a Jets’ pass-rush that has received quite the makeover this offseason.
The Jets’ defensive line is stacked with talent, and Curry would provide additional depth in the form of a veteran presence.
He’s totaled at least 2.5 sacks in every season since his rookie campaign and consistently grades out well with Pro Football Focus having received just one grade south of 68.0 since the 2015 season.
Curry would be a worthwhile addition and given his familiarity with Douglas, this seems like it has a pretty good chance of getting done.