BUCCANEERS SIGN DE VINNY CURRY & C RYAN JENSEN; WAIVE DE ROBERT AYERS JR.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has signed defensive end Vinny Curry and center Ryan Jensen. The team also announced that defensive end Robert Ayers Jr. has been waived.
Curry (6-3, 279), joins the Buccaneers after playing for the Philadelphia Eagles in his first six seasons (2012-17). In his career, Curry has played in 84 regular season games, with 16 starts, totaling 130 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 22.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
In 2017, Curry started all 16 regular season games for Philadelphia, as well as all three Super Bowl contests, en route to Philadelphia’s Super Bowl LII championship. Curry, along with recently signed Buccaneers defensive tackle Beau Allen, was part of a defense that allowed the fewest rushing yards per game (79.2), the sixth-lowest yards per carry (3.76) and tied for the third-fewest rushing touchdowns allowed (seven).
A native of Neptune, New Jersey, Curry originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Marshall.
Jensen (6-6, 325) comes to Tampa Bay after spending his first five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens (2013-17). Originally a sixth-round pick (203rd overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft, Jensen played in 35 regular season games for the Ravens, with 25 starts, including starting all 16 games for Baltimore in 2017.
Last season, Jensen was part of an offensive line that tied for the seventh-fewest sacks allowed (27) in the NFL, while rushing for 116.0 yards per game, the 11th-highest mark in the league. Jensen helped block for Ravens running back Alex Collins, who averaged 4.59 yards per carry, the ninth-highest mark in the NFL.
A native of Fort Morgan, Colorado, Jensen played collegiately at Colorado State-Pueblo.
Ayers spent the past two seasons with Tampa Bay, starting 20-of-24 games played, registering 60 tackles, 10 for loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one pass defensed.