If you were hoping the San Francisco 49ers would sign defensive end Vinny Curry, you might want to sit down. Curry quickly found a new home, signing a three year-deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth a reported $27 million.
Curry had nine sacks in 2014, but had a combined nine sacks in the ensuing three seasons. Curry has ranked well in pass rush productivity, which measures pressures as well as actually closing the deal. The Bucs are bringing him in to replace defensive end Robert Ayers. The latter finished with two sacks, after a combined 16 sacks in 2015 and 2016.
The 49ers need help along the edge. They signed Jerry Attaochu, including $2.5 million guaranteed in his deal. I suspect the 49ers will next look for edge help in the draft, with a variety of options potentially available in the first two days. With as many as four quarterbacks in the top eight picks, the absolute dream (serious pie in the sky) scenario might be defensive end Bradley Chubb slipping to the 49ers.