In a span of just a couple of months in 2018, Vinny Curry went from winning a Super Bowl and parading down Broad Street to northwest Florida, leaving the Eagles to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a high-priced free agent.
Now, the defensive end is back with the Eagles, after things didn’t quite work out with the Bucs. Curry, who turns 31 in June, signed a one-year deal with the Birds on Thursday.
He is the third player the Eagles have signed along the defensive line, joining former teammate Brandon Graham and newcomer Malik Jackson. Curry is also the second familiar face to return to the team that drafted him, joining receiver DeSean Jackson, who the Eagles acquired in a trade with the Bucs earlier this month.
“I definitely had a couple different offers on the table, but you know, home his home,” said Curry on a conference call with reporters on Thursday afternoon. “This just felt right, this felt like the right situation. I think it was just time for to be back in Philadelphia.”
The New York Giants reportedly offered more money than the Eagles, who will reportedly gave Curry a deal with $2.25 million that can increase by $1.25 million with incentives.
“I just missed the guys, missed the guys in the locker room,” said Curry. “Obviously some of my best friends are on the team. I chose to come back to Philadelphia. It’s just home.
“It’s more than just football with these guys in this locker room. These guys are truly like my brothers and I love them for that. It’s truly a family.”
Curry was originally drafted by the Eagles, arriving in the second round (59th player taken overall) of the 2012 draft out of Marshall. He grew up an Eagles fan in Neptune, N.J., with a bedroom decorated in everything Eagles related.
Curry was moved inside occasionally during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run. He started all 16 games, collecting a career-high 42 tackles that season. He had just three sacks, but managed a career-high 18 quarterback hits.
In three 2017 postseason games, including Super Bowl LII, Curry started three games and racked up 10 tackles and four QB hits.
The Eagles couldn’t afford to keep Curry, so they let him walk in free agency.
“Any time that you go on a Super Bowl run like that, you kind of just miss that morale,” said Curry. “I definitely enjoyed my time in Tampa, but at the end of the day, home is home.”
Tampa signed Curry to a three-year contract worth $23 million just six weeks after he helped the Eagles win their first Super Bowl. He would have made $9 million with the Bucs had they decided to keep him, but decided that Curry’s production didn’t match his salary.
Curry suffered a high ankle sprain in the fifth week of the season and he missed four games, but even in the games he played, it lingered.
“I was in a hard cast, on one of those little carts,” he said. “It gave me blisters on my knee.”
He said he is healthy again and can’t wait to get started.
“The whole situation, the whole setup, no matter how you look at it, this felt right, it feels right, I’m happy, I’m excited, I can’t wait to get to work,” said Curry. “I can’t wait to see the guys in locker room. I’m ready to get to work and ready to help out the best way I can.”