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Buccaneers release Vinny Curry

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2018 addition released after just one season with Tampa Bay

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in two years defensive end Vinny Curry finds himself on the open market earlier than he likely expected after the Buccaneers officially released the seven-year veteran on Tuesday.

After being released last off-season by the Super Bowl winning Philadelphia Eagles, Curry signed a three-year deal with the Bucs in an off-season focused on bolstering the defensive line.

In his one year with the Bucs, Curry totaled 2.5 sacks and 21 tackles in twelve games played while being credited with seven starts.

As the year waned on, injury to Curry along with the impressive play by pre-season acquisition Carl Nassib contributed to the veteran’s less than stellar contributions.

Now, at 30-years old, Curry will look to spend his eighth NFL season with another squad while Tampa Bay moves forward without him. For Jason Licht and the Bucs, the move clears $8M in cap space and carries no dead money.

With the futures of other names like Gerald McCoy, Kwon Alexander and DeSean Jackson in question, Licht will need as much money as he can clear if the team is truly making strides to win now under new head coach, Bruce Arians.