Vinny Curry looks set to make his Jets debut — more than 18 months after he initially signed with the team. The Jets are activating the veteran defensive lineman off IR, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter).
Complications from a spleen removal included blood clots, shutting Curry down for all of last season. The Jets, who signed Curry in March 2021, placed him on their reserve/NFI list in July of last year. Robert Saleh‘s team circled back to Curry, who was with GM Joe Douglas in Philadelphia, this year. The Jets gave the 34-year-old D-lineman a one-year, $1.12MM deal that included $800K guaranteed.
A longtime Brandon Graham and Fletcher Coxsidekick, Curry has 32.5 career sacks — including eight between the 2019 and 2020 seasons with the Eagles — and has played in 123 career games. The former second-round pick played a full-time starter role for the Eagles during their Super Bowl LII run, leading to a one-year Buccaneers stay. While the Marshall alum has only started 28 NFL games, he was a steady presence during Douglas’ time in Philly.
Additionally, the Jets are promoting veteran tackle Mike Remmers from their practice squad, according to Remmers’ agent (Twitter link). The well-traveled O-lineman signed with the Jets more than two weeks ago but spent time going through a ramp-up period. Remmers, 33, has made 90 career starts and served as a two-time Super Bowl starter. While neither of those games turned out well for the veteran blocker, Remmers has managed a nice career since coming into the league as a UDFA.
Gang Green has made some adjustments along its offensive line this season. Injuries to Mekhi Becton, Brown and George Fant have altered the team’s tackle plan, leading to guard Alijah Vera-Tucker moving outside. The 2021 first-round guard started at right tackle opposite Brown in Week 5. Remmers, who has spent most of his career at right tackle, would give the Jets an option — if they wanted to return Vera-Tucker to guard.
September 26th, 2022 at 6:31pm CST by Sam Robinson
Two-time Super Bowl starter Mike Remmers will join a team in need at his position. The journeyman tackle is signing with the Jets on a practice squad agreement, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets.
Remmers is expected to be bumped up to the Jets’ 53-man roster soon. The former Chargers, Panthers, Vikings, Giants and Chiefs blocker has not played for a team this season; the Chiefs did not re-sign him after the 2021 campaign.
Remmers, 33, has made 90 career starts. He is probably best known for tough nights against Von Miller (Super Bowl 50) and Shaq Barrett (Super Bowl LV), but the former UDFA brings a level of experience the Jets are lacking right now. Brown is ineligible to play until at least Week 5. Remmers, who played just four games last season before a knee injury led the Chiefs to place him on IR, has worked primarily as a right tackle but did play inside during the 2018 season in Minnesota. The Jets are more solidified at guard, however; the team’s tackle plan veered off the rails once Becton suffered an avulsion fracture during training camp. Signed to a lucrative deal to replace Becton, Brown is rehabbing a shoulder injury.
The tackle uncertainty engulfing Gang Green comes as the team is readying Zach Wilson to make his season debut. Wilson, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in August, was slated to play behind a Fant-Becton tackle tandem. He could begin his sophomore NFL season behind Remmers and either McDermott or Mitchell. The latter has played 100% of the Jets’ right tackle snaps this season.
We’ve compiled a list of players who were placed or activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list today. In some instances (including Christian McCaffrey and Travis Etienne), players activated from the list remain on IR:
Despite Mike Remmers struggling in a Super Bowl for the second time, the Chiefs want him to be part of their reconfigured offensive line.
The two-time defending AFC champions are bringing Remmers back on a one-year deal worth $3.5MM, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The nomadic blocker could earn up to $7MM on this contract.
Kansas City signed Remmers last year, and he ended up playing a pivotal role. Mitchell Schwartz‘s back injury thrust Remmers into action. He started 10 regular-season games and all three of Kansas City’s playoff tilts. After Eric Fisher‘s Achilles tear in the AFC championship game, the Chiefs turned to Remmers at left tackle in Super Bowl LV. While his matchup with Jason Pierre-Paul somewhat resembled his Super Bowl 50 encounter with Von Miller, Remmers has been an NFL starter for the past six seasons.
The Chiefs have cut both Schwartz and Fisher, leaving two gaping holes on the edges of their offensive line. While Kansas City added Joe Thuney on a monster guard deal and brought Kyle Long out of retirement, the team’s tackle needs remain noticeable. Remmers, 32 in April, would stand to either fill one of them at a low cost or reprise the swing role he was brought in to play last year. In his tweet announcing the agreement, Rapoport characterizes Remmers as a Chiefs starter. Remmers’ agent, Brett Tessler, concurs, understandably (Twitter link). It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs go in that direction given the tackle stability the organization possessed going into 2020.
Remmers worked as Carolina’s starting right tackle from 2015-17. He played with Minnesota in 2018 and the Giants in 2019, starting 30 games between those two seasons. While maligned at times, Remmers has started 88 games in his career. Both he and Andrew Wylie, a guard whom the Chiefs turned to at right tackle in the Super Bowl, are back for 2021.
Mike Remmers will have a shot to contribute to a seventh NFL team in nine seasons, and the free agent tackle will be joining the defending Super Bowl champions.
The veteran tackle signed with the Chiefs, the team announced. This will be a one-year deal, according to Remmers’ agent, Brett Tessler (Twitter link).
While the Chiefs do not have a starting job available, with Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz locked up long-term, Remmers figures to compete to be Kansas City’s swing man. Although Schwartz is one of the NFL’s most durable players, Fisher missed eight games last season.
This will mark a pace change for the 30-year-old blocker. Remmers has started 78 of the 79 games he’s played in his eight-year career. He caught on with the Giants last year and was the Vikings’ right tackle starter over the previous two seasons. Prior to that, Remmers spent two-plus seasons operating as the Panthers’ starting right tackle — a tenure that included a Super Bowl start and a tough matchup against Von Miller.
Despite the Giants opting not to re-sign Remmers, he graded as Pro Football Focus’ No. 48 overall tackle last season. The Chiefs’ swing man in 2019, Cameron Erving, came in at 80th on that hierarchy in a tough stretch filling in for the injured Fisher.
Bryan Bulaga did not quite make it to free agency in 2015; the Packers extended their starting right tackle at the 11th hour. This time, he could be on the move. The 10-year veteran is expected to generate immense interest, with Charles Robinson of Yahoo.com tweeting the Bulaga market should come in around $12MM per year. Bulaga signed for five years and $33.75MM five years ago, so this would mark a substantial raise for the veteran. Despite going into his 11th year, Bulaga will only be 31 come Week 1. After more injury trouble surfaced in 2017, he has played in 30 of a possible 32 regular-season games since.
Here is the latest from the NFC North:
The Lions appear likely to have their quarterback back in time for OTAs. Matthew Stafford has healed up from the back injury that ended his 2019 season, according to his wife (Instagram link). Kelly Stafford indicated her husband has been healed for several weeks now. Kelly recently refuted a report the Staffords wanted out of Detroit, and GM Bob Quinn said the Lions are not shopping him. While this still figures to be a key year for the longest-tenured starting quarterback in Lions history, Stafford should be able to throw come April.
If the Raiders make Derek Carr available, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune expects the Bears to show interest. The Bears are interested in bringing in competition for Mitchell Trubisky; Carr might be overqualified for such a role. The third-place MVP finisher in 2016 posted the NFL’s 10th-best QBR last season — well north of Trubisky, whose 39.5 figure ranked third-to-last. Carr carries a non-guaranteed contract; he is set to earn $18.9MM in 2020 base salary. That price comes in $1.4MM higher than Dalton’s.
The Packers recently added to their coaching staff, with Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweeting the team hired Butch Barry as a senior assistant. A Wisconsin native, Barry was the Buccaneers’ assistant offensive line coach from 2015-18. He spent the 2019 season as the Miami Hurricanes’ offensive line coach.
Additionally, the Packers promoted second-year staffer Jason Vrable from offensive assistant to wide receivers coach, the team announced. Vrable has not coached a position since serving as the Bills’ assistant QBs coach for part of the 2016 season. Otherwise, he’s spent his career as an offensive assistant or a quality control staffer.