The New York Jets have signed free agent defensive lineman Vinny Curry. Curry, a nine year NFL veteran and super bowl champion, will be joining a highly talented Jet’s defensive line. With additions to the defensive line with the signing of not only Curry, but also Carl Lawson and Sheldon Rankins, the Jets’ defense is poised to have a strong year.
Curry, 33 years old, is entering his 10th season after spending the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles and a one year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2018.
Curry grew up within driving distance of his new home with the Jets in Central New Jersey where he attended Neptune High School. Curry loves to help out and give back to his old high school and the surrounding community, so being so close is a great fit. Following his All-State level career at Neptune High School, Curry attended Marshall University and continued with similar dominance as he had shown on the field at Neptune. After a number of successful seasons with the Thundering Herd, the Eagle’s drafted Curry with the 59th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
He has largely been an important rotational defensive end throughout his career. Curry saw a majority of his starts for the Eagles in 2017 when he started in every game that season, including the postseason. Curry was a vital presence on the Eagle’s defense and a key factor in their Super Bowl LII victory.
In 123 regular season games, Curry has tallied 32.5 sacks, 92 Quarterback hits, 194 tackles and career highs of 9.0 sacks and four forced fumbles both of which took place during the 2014 season.
The Jets have signed unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Vinny Curry.
Curry signed with the Green & White late Wednesday and joins a DL room that was one of the strengths of the team before the free agency signing period began and added two other veterans to the group in the last week in edge rusher Carl Lawson and versatile big man Sheldon Rankins.
Curry (6-3, 279), who turns 33 in June, is entering his 10th NFL season after spending eight of his first nine years with Philadelphia and one season with Tampa Bay in 2018.
He played his scholastic football at Neptune HS in central New Jersey, where he was team captain, team MVP and first-team All-State as a senior. So with the Jets as with the Eagles, he remains within driving distance of his hometown.
He was the Eagles’ second-round selection, 59th overall, in the 2012 draft out of Marshall University after putting up a combined 23 sacks in the 2011 and ’12 seasons for the Thundering Herd.
Curry has been a rotational DE most of his career, although he started all 16 games for the Eagles in 2017 and has made all 28 of his pro starts in his last four seasons. He had three more starts in the ’17 postseason, including in Philly’s win over New England in Super Bowl LII.
He has played in 123 regular-season games in the NFL and totaled 32.5 sacks — with career highs of 9.0 sacks and four forced fumbles coming in 2014 — plus 92 QB hits and 194 tackles.