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LB Curry asked to restructure deal

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm with 62 Comments »
August 22, 2011 5:11 pm
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry celebrates after a defensive stop (AP Photo/Ralph Freso).

Linebacker Aaron Curry’s days in Seattle appear to be numbered.

First reported by Mike Florio of, I’ve confirmed that Curry recently agreed to restructure his rookie contract with the Seattle Seahawks, cutting the deal from six to four years.

According to the report, in return for giving up $5 million in guaranteed salary Curry’s due to make in 2012, he gets to become a free agent at the end of that season

So Curry will have earned $28.25 million in guaranteed money over the first 2 ½ years of the six-year, $60 million deal he originally signed with Seattle’s previous regime in August 2009.

Because Curry’s salary is not guaranteed in 2012, the Seahawks could release him in February without any financial obligation. The restructured deal also makes it easier to move Curry in a trade.

Drafted fourth overall in the 2009 draft, the Wake Forest product’s up-and-down play has been a heavily debated topic by both fans and league observers.

At 6-foot-2, 254 pounds, Curry is blessed with great strength and speed, but his athleticism never fully transferred to explosive plays on the field.

Further, Curry has not always been pleased with the way Seattle has used him defensively, as the Seahawks chose to take him off the field in third down situations because of his struggles in coverage.

The final straw for head coach Pete Carroll may have been Curry receiving a personal foul penalty after ripping off the helmet of a Minnesota offensive lineman and tossing it toward the sideline during Saturday’s game against the Vikings.

Carroll said he took Curry out of the game after the play and scolded him for his actions

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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Doing the happy dance…
    Doing the happy dance….
    Oh yeah, make him earn his money or release his fanny…..
    Did I say yet that I’m doing the happy Dance?

  2. chuck_easton says:

    So do we get the new ball bag in trade or do we try and hold out for the water cooler?

    Not sure any team will give a brand new water cooler. Oh well, some of those new ball bags look real fancy and expensive.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Does Curry make it to the season opener on the 11th? With Hill in the mix at Sam (perhaps in spite of the 4-3 over link Eric provided) and Smith playing well and now Vobora signed, it’s not guaranteed. That’s for certain.

  4. BobbyAyala says:

    1. Don’t let the door hit you.

    2. Enjoy your tenure in Chicago.

  5. Ewalters7354 says:

    I absolutely love our coaching staff!

  6. btcavalier says:

    Smith must have really convinced Pete that he can play at this level. Plus, Curry is just not producing. How many games have passed without his named called?

    I thought the cat would be better after finding serious spirituality, but the coaches must not be seeing it in practice as well as his bonehead play on Saturday.

    Let’s be honest. We’ve heard his name called more for penalties and personal fouls than we have on good plays made.

    The money and play just doesn’t add up. And I love our staff as well for applying a tourniquet instead of band-aid when it’s called for.

  7. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    God bless Carroll and Schneider. Curry is the biggest non-QB bust in Seahawks history.

  8. All this begs the question:
    …………………….. “Why did Curry agree to restructure?”

  9. chuck_easton says:

    Curry has made no secret he doesn’t like Seattle. He must know his only chance to be traded is if he restructures.

    No way he gives up the 5 million to stay. Even if they were to cut him he would have still gotten the 5 million

    Only logical explanation is there is a trade to an east coast team already in the works

  10. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Because he knows deep down he’s an overpaid bust collecting a fat paycheck no matter how awful he plays or how many ridiculous penalties he gets and wants a fresh start somewhere. What a fraud.

  11. btcavalier says:


    Eric said he has been displeased with how he is being used. Personally, he doesn’t belong in Seattle – I think. He’s an east coast guy, who seems to be pretty sheltered. I think he may be psychologically out of it, and if he gets back east, it may come together.

    We may be able to get something for him. Perhaps a 4th round pick, which Pete/John are proving with their wisdom, a valuable commodity.

    However, they did draft Golden in the 2nd. But someone else might have taken him too a few picks later. You hit and you miss.

  12. Soggybuc says:

    Curry for Mallet maybe? or Clausen? or should the Osi rumors swirl?
    Even better maybe we can get the Titans to Trade us Hasselbeck back.

  13. freedom_X says:

    I’m impressed by how the Carroll regime is able to get out from under bad contracts. Lofa was the only person who didn’t want to play ball, and in reality, most people will say Lofa made a financial mistake. So Seattle is clearly able to get across to underachieving players that they’re better off with the new terms in most cases.

    I’m not impressed with the lack of hard stories and information regarding Curry’s play and overall situation. I never saw any “real” stories on Curry’s underachievement. This was a meaty article that cried out for analysis, and no one did the story.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    He agreed because in the long run (second contract, earlier) it will equal more guaranteed money than getting cut. Or I imagine that’s how his agent pitched the deal to him.

  15. freedom_X says:

    Teams are also dealing with busts faster than ever. Vernon Gholston, Aaron Maybin, possibly Curry here, and Taylor Mays just got traded to the Bengals. A fate akin to living death.

  16. I guess it comes down to guaranteed money, subject to gaining roster status…
    whatever it is/was in the original contract…. Whew!
    …. Clearly he has not met expectations…. Gotta admit, I was glad we drafted him originally…. Just seems like he’s never fit with us, never produced…. A
    huge disappointment for us all…..
    Like suggested, hopefully we get something for him in a trade….

  17. It will be interesting to see this week’s starting LB’s….. With the emerging strong play of Wright & Smith, plus the additional backup experience in Vobora, we have lots of other viable options…
    Also, at roster reduction time, there will definitely be options available….

  18. gkim1985 says:

    I was never happy with the decision to draft Curry considering we had two (at the time) very good LB returning in Lofa and Hill. Imagine if we had drafted Sanchez and groomed him to take over this year………………..

  19. Kingpear says:

    I for one was happy that they drafted Curry. In hindsight, that is why I am not a General Manager.

    I am happy he has found God, but I really wish he could find the QB, or perhaps a TE or RB while in coverage.

    Typical “Flash in the Pan” player… oh well… I will stick with play calling….

  20. Whoever said that Curry is the biggest non-QB bust in Seattle history isn’t old enough to remember the “BOZ” Brian Bozworth is still the biggest in Hawks history and one of the biggest bust in NFL history. He was a victim of his own hysteria!

  21. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Oh PLEASE. Curry is WAY worse than Boz. Boz was derailed due to injury, Curry is just a putrid who fans wish would be benched. And Curry was every bit as overhyped, actually more. This bust had the audacity to say he would make a good #1 pick to the Lions. He also said he could play EVERY LINEBACKER SPOT AND SCHEME and excel. Looks like he was obviously just running his mouth so he could collect an absolutely undeserved contract.

  22. chuck_easton says:

    As much as we fans think he’s as good as gone I wouldn’t be surprised if the team has given him this year to prove himself

    If curry doesn’t play up to the team’s expectations he can be cut or traded next year and not cost the Seahawks any more money.

    The only question is what’s in it for Curry to give up 5 million guaranteed next season except he knows he can get out of Seattle in 2013 instead of 2015.

  23. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    “I’m not impressed with the lack of hard stories and information regarding Curry’s play and overall situation. I never saw any “real” stories on Curry’s underachievement. This was a meaty article that cried out for analysis, and no one did the story.”

    BLAME OUR LOCAL MEDIA! All the sports media here are content with sucking up to every player no matter how awful so they can get a few generic soundbites. If Curry was in Philly, New York, or Chicago, he’d be ripped to shreds for this vomit-inducing play and behavior.

  24. Soggybuc says:

    Boz at least showed some flashes of being able to play and had more instinct than Curry ever will. his problem was he was really too small and used “things” to bulk up to an NFL size that his body couldn’t handle.

    I do feel bad for Boz in that the one play anyone ever sees of him is that Jackson run and honestly i don’t think Dick Butkis in his prime could have stopped BO that night.

  25. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Jeez, what will ACIB have to do after Curry is gone?

    This is the right move. Should be interesting to see if he’s around for the regular season. Wheelin’ and dealin’ doesn’t appear to be over just yet…

  26. Ewalters7354 says:

    ACIAB,dude can you please calm down now.All you ever post is a bunch of bull.We all know Aaron Curry hasn’t panned out like everyone thought but you always bring negativity to this blog and that’s not what this blog is for.

  27. ‘Teams are also dealing with busts faster than ever. Vernon Gholston, Aaron Maybin, possibly Curry here, and Taylor Mays just got traded to the Bengals. A fate akin to living death.’

    That’s a good point. It is definitely happening around the league.

    I suppose people on here are right that PC must think Smith/Wright can cover this spot if need be – maybe he even thinks they are better right now. I remember when Jimmy Johnson took over in Miami, and immediately put in Zach Thomas, then a rookie, for Bryan Cox, an established guy. Thomas wasn’t a high pick either.

  28. Soggybuc says:

    Ewalters, i do believe the blog handles TJiAB and GTiAB are still available.

  29. Ewalters7354 says:

    Soggybuc,lol…I can deal with that as long as its not just typing anything.This dude just makes himself look crazy.We win he bashes Curry and we loss oh my.He never talks about anything else.

  30. Aaron Curry = Mental Midget.

    Package him and Carlson for Asante Samuel. Eagles need linebacker depth and a tightend. Would be a win-win for both clubs.

  31. shoehawks says:

    Another good move. So when does the hammer come down on Kelly Jennings?

  32. chuck_easton says:

    Jennings was a FA. The team re-signed him to a contract. He isn’t going anywhere

  33. Motley Crue sang a song about 20 years ago something like “don’t go away mad, just go away.” I think that fits.

    This regime, minus its eye for quarterback “talent” is pretty impressive thus far.

  34. You gotta hand it to the front office, including Pete. This is a message akin to cutting LenDale White last year. If you’re not putting the team in a position to win, your paycheck is going to be cut. This is the kind of attitude we want and need. It’s really refreshing.

  35. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Something that really boils my blood is that we could have had Mark Sanchez. He would have been the perfect developmental QB learning how to be a pro under Hasselbeck, and we could have had a smooth transition from Matt to Sanchez this season who would have likely been better than he is now since he wouldn’t have been thrown to the wolves in a huge media market as a rookie.

    And if for some reason the new PC/JS regime didn’t want Sanchez as their guy, they could have traded him for a ransom like Kolb (if not an even better deal) and been armed with the picks/players to trade up for Luck or something.

  36. Ewalters7354 says:

    Mark Sanchez is a mediocre QB on a good team.Look at the numbers.

  37. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    And Tarvaris Jackson was a bad QB on a good team. Would you rather start him or a potential franchise QB drafted #4 and patiently developing and learning like Aaron Rodgers for the last couple seasons?

  38. The only problem with that analogy is that it’s hard to pay someone $60 million over 6 years to sit on the bench for 3-4 years, as we would/could have done with Sanchez if we were committed to Matt for 2-3 years, whereas when Rogers was a 1st rounder, he didn’t make anything close to that kind of cash. I thought Michael Oher should have been the pick (if Walt was healthy; Knowshon Moreno if not — who’d I’d still take over Curry, by the way).

  39. ZombieLatics says:

    For all the PC hype, we need to keep a few things in mind…they aren’t geniuses and they aren’t even two years in, so a “pass” on Taint, Jesus, and Jackson may be too soon issued. Williams comes back fat and lazy, these DB’s we’re banking on all bust, and the fragile flower Okung continues to be injury prone, and we’re looking at next seasons big QB draft being ran buy the guys who won’t look too bright then. God, imagine the months of that blowhard Duke harping on all of his inside information and garbage paired with a shakier team, and this blog will fall into the deep end.

  40. freedom_X says:

    Knowshon Moreno is not far behind Curry on the bust list. Denver is really dissatisfied with his inability to stay healthy and his lack of production when he is. I would not be shocked if he were next on the cut list, especially since his contract ought to be quite a bit less.

  41. Soggybuc says:

    wow, Zombie you must be a hoot a birthday parties and make strippers cry. the Db’s are a bust? this has a way to go but is easily the best talented secondary the Hawks have seen since Easley and Brown roamed the backfield.

    Really the Raiders blog is <—- that way and I think you'll be much happier there!

  42. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    I hope Curry pans out. Granted he hasn’t been that great, but in his defense it seems he’s seldom playing OLB like he did in college. Moreover, I think that it takes players 2-3 seasons before things really click for them, so hopefully Curry will finally have his break out year. I’m not going to lie, though, ACIB irritates the hell out of me; the only good think about Curry leaving is that maybe ACIB will leave too.

  43. Kingpear says:

    “Jeez, what will ACIB have to do after Curry is gone?”

    Well, since it will be next year it can just morph into whoever the ‘Hawks draft in 2012.

    On the Sanchez front, I agree with EWalters. If you watch Sanchez enough he struggles when changin direction on a play. He also has a tendency to under-throw when coming across his body. Put your #1 corner on whoever is on the right side, and you can loosen up on the left as the ball has no zip.
    To me that does not equate to elite talent. (Of course, he may still have been a better pick than Curry)

  44. The guy is just not a football player – he doesn’t make plays. Too bad. Shows you how stupid the combine is, IMO.

  45. chuck_easton says:


    Dukes ire is on of the regulars here and he has more football knowledge than you will ever have. If you don’t like it you can go to whatever team Curry does. You won’t be missed either.

  46. chuck_easton says:


    Dukeshire is one of the regulars here and he has more football knowledge than you will ever have. If you don’t like it you can go to whatever team Curry does. You won’t be missed either.

  47. Dukeshire says:

    Well thanks Chuck. But somehow I get the feeling our friend Zombie will fade back into the shadows and go trolling elsewhere before we know it.

  48. ChrisHolmes says:

    @Soggybuc Man I love your comments!

    I’d die if we could get Mallet (won’t happen) or get Hasselbeck back (that won’t happen either)…

    Here’s hoping (and praying) that if PC and JS can see Curry’s not cutting it at LB, maybe they’ll soon see what a mess Jackson is… They have to wake up on that one.

  49. FairbanksDoug says:

    I have been a Hawk fan for a while but have been unaware of this blog. I have since grown addicted to checking out the writings of Eric, and then looking for the insight that Duke, Chuck, and some of the others have shared, Thank you Gentlemen!!

  50. Kingpear says:


    I love Mallett, but he is immobile. He would get his a$$ handed to him with the play of this o-line at the moment.

    TJ and Chalie’s position might as well be listed as “Placeholder”. Bring on Andrew Luck!

  51. chuck_easton says:

    While true that TJ and Charlie are likely just placeholders I think we can dispense with the Andrew Luck talk.

    I don’t hold out realistic expectations for a division title this season but I also don’t see us finishing so poorly that we are anywhere near a draft position to even think about getting Luck.

    There are just too many other teams out there that are worse off than Seattle is this year. I could name them but we probably all know who they are.

  52. We can spin this story as “Curry’s time in Seattle being cut short”, but he’s not being cut or traded at this point. And I don’t believe that his tantrum Saturday has anything to do with this. These deals usually take longer.

    Curry agreed to a deal that saves money for the team and gives the GM more options for next year. That’s a good thing.

    His teammates are likely to appreciate him for this unselfish move, and that’s good for the team. He’s been put on notice that he is being watched closely and needs to perform this year, and that’s a good thing.

    And he hasn’t had a poor 2011 season yet.

    He is still expected to be improved in this, his third year. Coach Holmgren used to talk about “the light being turned on” for many players after a few years in the league. (we just know yet whether Aaron has a bulb :) Plenty of Seahawks on our 2005 team were nothings during their first few years, and eventually their hard work put them all in a super bowl. No one has any evidence at this point that Aaron Curry can’t improve too. Maybe he will or maybe he won’t. But he took one for the team here, so I say good for him.

  53. I think we need a little perspective here. Some are talking about Curry as if he’s the worst LB ever in the NFL. He’s not. He’s a very good, but not great, LB who spent last season eating up blockers at the Sam and helping make Carroll’s D scheme work.

    If Curry had been drafted in the 3rd round, he would be known around the league as “a talented player who is still developing”.

    Putting on those “but he was drafted at #4!” goggles just distorts the picture.

    Who cares where he was drafted? He’s agreed to a more reasonable contract. I hope he continues to improve and he breaks through this year. Lots of smart football fans in here, but no one here knows yet how well Curry might play as this season develops. (except for ACIAB, who is all-knowing ;-) )

    Okay, I am done talking about Aaron Curry or reading comments about Aaron Curry until someone can actually comment about his play in a real game in 2011.

  54. chuck_easton says:


    Curry’s play in 2011 (for what team?). Sorry had to take the shot. :)

  55. Chuck, Buffalo might make a good patsy for a trade. ;)

  56. Yeah…Remember…Chicago gave us a #1 for Mirer…hows about we trade Curry to Buffalo…for a #1 (cough, cough)….then get our choice of QBs in next year’s draft?! Stranger things have happened.

  57. I thought the new CBA didn’t allow teams to ask players under their rookie contracts to restructure? How about Carlson?

    Among the 41 NFL 4-3 OLBs who played at least 25% of their team’s defensive snaps in the ’10 regular season, David Hawthorne ranked 2nd and Aaron Curry ranked 27th in overall performance per ProFootballFocus. Aaron’s worst problem was penalties. He also had some problems in pass rush (33rd) and in coverage (23rd). But against the run, Aaron tied for 8th place (Hawthorne ranked 3rd). It’s also interesting that Hawthorne ranked 29th in coverage, a few places below Aaron.

    It’s also interesting that if you include those 44 OLBs who played 25% of their team’s defensive snaps in the regular season and post season games combined, that Will Herring ranked 31st and Aaron Curry 33rd in overall performance, with Hawthorne still ranking 2nd.

    Back to TJax: In the 1st preseason game @SD it was remarked that we couldn’t expect much from TJ because both Rice and BMW were out, TJ had less than a week to prepare, noone forsaw Okung getting hurt and the OL was thrown into disarray making TJ run for his life, etc. OK. Vs MIN, the team Bevel and TJ should be most familiar with, they had Rice and BMW, another week of practice and the OL had practiced without Okung. Where was the improvement? OK, the pick-6 was on Tate (kinda), but TJ missed an open Rice on one long throw by 5 yds and threw what should have been a pick on another long one to Rice. Otherwise when Rice appeared open TJ threw checkdowns.

  58. Not to change the topic too much but I got to thinking today about K.J. Wright and who in the NFL he could be compared to as a projection of what he could become. Now I’ve read several articles about the guy and comments made by Ken Norton Jr. about seeing him as having a very good combination of althleticism/speed/power/smarts wich makes him very suitable to the Mike Linebacker position. So way before it is really even valid to make this comparison I give you who I think Norton sees when he looks at KJ. He sees a young Brian Urlacher. Similiar build and athleticism and I do belive Seattle uses some Tampa II concepts since Seattle’s coaches come from the Monte Kiffen coaching tree. While I’ll hedge a bit and say that part of the reason Brian Urlacher is such a great player is his self-belief and 100% effort all the time attitude on the field. I believe that in a few years K.J. Wright might be viewed as the steal of this draft from a Seahawks perspective. I could easily see them moving Heater back oustide to the Will and moving K.J. in the starting MLB spot if especially is Seahawks decide not to retain Leroy Hill after this season. So in 3 years soemone remind me of this post so I can eat crow or gloat.


  59. No edit button or proofread screen before submitting? ……ouch. This blog software could use some additional features or replacement by a better program.. (HINT) the preceding should be read and acted on by employees of TNT.


  60. I actually don’t entirely disagree with ZombieLatic.

    Carroll has done some, well, questionable things with the roster thus far, we might not know if they’re going to pan out or not for a few years, but its hard to say he’s doing a good job as of now.

    I still am not sold on the Carpenter pick being as early as it was. We now have no legitimate QB to put in work on a rookie. I think we may have the most athletic secondary we’ve had in a long time, but I don’t think it’s a very good secondary right now (sans 2007 trufant and earl thomas)

    It’s hard to not look at it like, well, we have Pete Carroll making all these decisions and roster choices, but at the same time we have people on ESPN and NFL network (among other experts) scratching their head at like 90 percent of the decisions he’s made.

    Who has a better chance of being right? Pete Carroll or everyone else?

    I just hope we’re not all being blinded by our own fanhood… that makes it a spooky time to be a sports fan.

  61. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    “but its hard to say he’s doing a good job as of now.”

    If you’re an ESPN following fool maybe.

    – Traded a garbage Daryl Tap for Chris Clemons AND a 4th round pick. Clemons in one season proved to be better than Tapp in his 3 or 4 largely forgettable seasons here. Gaining a 4th round pick in addition is just robbery, we totally fleeced the Eagles, who are a very well run franchise.

    – Recognized Lawrence Jackson was a bust right away and traded him. Continuing that experiment would only lead to more failure.

    – Signed Mike Williams off the street who proved he’s better than any Ruskell WR for a pittance.

    There are many more that instantly make this regime better than Ruskell’s I’ll get to some other time.

  62. mike williams came to camp to try out. carroll didn’t pursue him.

    im not saying ruskell was good by any means (chicago’s lines both went to shit based on his presence alone), but i wouldnt go annointing Carroll as the chosen one quite yet.

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