NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that defensive end Vinny Curry would be released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Rapoport later reported that Philadelphia is working to keep Curry at a lower salary (he’s due $9 million next season) or possibly trade him.

In either event, if Curry becomes available, the Tennessee Titans need to pass.

I only bring this up because I saw folks on social media in the last 12 hours suggesting that Jon Robinson should bring Curry to Nashville.

That’s not a good idea for a multitude of reasons.

Why shouldn’t the Titans bring Curry on board?

If Curry gets released, it will mostly be due to his high price tag. Curry became expendable after the emergence of rookie Derek Barnett in 2017.

But it’s not like he’s going to sign for pennies elsewhere. Curry, who will turn 30 this summer, should still receive a significant contract in 2018 if he’s released by the Eagles. The Titans are already paying Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan nearly $18 million.

There’s absolutely no reason they should wrap up more cash in pass rushers — especially one that has only registered more than four sacks once in his career.

Curry wouldn’t be a long term answer for the Titans, which is what the franchise needs at the position. And he wouldn’t be much more than a depth option in 2018 playing behind Orakpo and Morgan.

And then there’s the fact that Curry isn’t very fond of playing in a 3-4 defense (despite the fact that his best season, in 2014, came in a 3-4 defense).

Curry told reporters in 2016, when the Eagles made the move back to a 4-3 defensive front, that playing in a 3-4 defense for him was like “taking a point guard and trying to make him a [power forward]. He’s going to score all day but in terms of boxing out he isn’t going to get the job done.”

I think it’s pretty clear that Curry wouldn’t be a good fit for the Titans, unless he could be signed for a minuscule amount (which isn’t going to happen). And there’s also no reason the Titans should make a deal for Curry and take on his huge contract (if he’s open to restructuring then he’ll obviously stay in Philadelphia).

The Titans’ best bet is to add a pass rusher in the draft and let them play behind Orakpo and Morgan in 2018. And then perhaps look for a veteran to add in 2019.

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