Veteran Eagles DE Vinny Curry visiting Jets

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Gary Phillips
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Vinny Curry and Joe Douglas have reunited, if only for the time being.

Curry is currently visiting with the Jets, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The free agent defensive end knows Douglas well from their time together in Philadelphia, where Curry has spent all but one year of his nine-year career.

The 32-year-old Curry, a Neptune, New Jersey native, is coming off a 2020 campaign in which he played in just 11 games thanks to a hamstring injury and time on the COVID-19/reserve list. He made three starts, recording 16 tackles, three for a loss, three sacks, 10 QB hits and one fumble recovery. Modest numbers, but Curry registered those while playing in just 28 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps, his lowest percentage since his second NFL season.

Curry could be a nice pass-rushing depth piece for an already-strong defensive line. He’s tallied 10.5 sacks and 29 QB hits since 2018 despite decreases in playing time, suggesting he could be an effective situational player in a Robert Saleh/Jeff Ulbrich defense that loves to rotate linemen. Curry would also add a strong veteran presence to a rather young front, as well as someone with playoff experience.

The Jets showed interest in Curry last offseason, but he remained with the Eagles. Time will tell if the two sides can strike a deal this time around.