Selected No. 4 overall in the 2009 draft by the Seattle Seahawks and touted as the safest pick in the draft, it’s hard to believe four short years later linebacker Aaron Curry’s career could be coming to an end.
But that’s apparently where things stand now, as the Oakland Raiders cut Curry today, according to Jerry McDonald of The Oakland Tribune, just two weeks after they added the Wake Forest product to the active roster off the team’s Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Curry, 26, missed the first eight weeks of the season with what appears to be a chronic knee injury.
Curry announced the news via twitter.
No longer a raider! On to my next venture! Expanding Gods territory— Aaron Curry (@AaronCurry51) November 20, 2012
Considered by many draft analysts as the safest player in the 2009 draft, Curry’s athleticism never translated to consistent production on the football field, as he often found himself out of position and did not create explosive plays defensively.
For the most part Curry was healthy while with Seattle, playing in 32 of 34 possible games, including 30 starts. And while Curry was a model citizen off the field, his production never lived up to his lofty draft status.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll demoted Curry in favor of K.J. Wright during the 2011 season. The Seahawks later traded Curry to Oakland for a seventh round selection in this year’s draft, and a fifth rounder in 2013.