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Raiders release ex-Hawks LB Aaron Curry

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm with 21 Comments »
November 20, 2012 12:56 pm
Seattle Seahawks' Aaron Curry at a walkthrough football practice to open training camp Thursday, July 28, 2011, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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.

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.

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  1. hawkfan777 says:

    What a waste. Amazing that someone with so much “potential” can have such a difficult time in the NFL. Draft guru’s just dont have a clue.

  2. Do we still get the 5th rounder??

  3. Curry did a pretty good job of disguising the fact that he is a real bozo. I honestly had no idea he would be this big of a farce, in all things NFL related. He was supposed to be a high character sort of player, natural leader, etc.; on top of everything else. He’s never matured as a player in this league, period. Too much talking on his behalf over Twitter and such w/out any real substance to back any of it.

  4. confucious says:

    5TH rounder? What were the conditions of the trade? YES! we will take the fifth rounder!…….Someone help me out on the trade conditions, will ya?

  5. Dukeshire says:

    As I remember, they gat a 7th last season and a conditional 4th or 5th. No chance he saw the field enough to get Seattle the 4th.

  6. confucious says:

    Thanks Duke. Let’s hope we made the conditions for the fifth then.

  7. That 2009 top 10 draft class might be one of the worst in history. So bad, its possible that Curry might have been the “safest” pick even in hindsight.

    A little credit to Ruskell because he traded away the Seahawks 2nd round pick to Denver for what became Earl Thomas. Everyone knew going into the 2009 draft it would be terrible compared to 2010 because the change in rookie salaries would prompt many underclassmen to come out in 2010 (the last great rookie payday).

  8. confucious says:

    Jeez pabs, giving Ruskell credit and calling Curry a “safe” pick on this blog? Boy your lookin’ for some trouble today!

  9. How about I add to my upcoming beat down –

    Wilson is a midget QB who can’t see over a smurf!

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Pabs is right. Ruskell did well his last year with the Seahawks. Yes Curry was a bust, but every one was saying he was the safest pick, so what do you do? However trading away that 2nd rounder for Thomas made up for it.Imo.
    And to think we could have gotten Matthews! Ouch!

  11. Ruskell did try to trade down in that draft but there weren’t really any good values to be had. The Jets gave up a pittance to move up to draft Sanchez (and got a pittance in return).

    At least the Seahawks had two top 15 picks in one of the best draft classes in the last 20 years (2010).

  12. Ewalters7354 says:

    If I recall correctly, Ruskell only had one decent draft.That was 2005 and he only hit on two picks that draft.Tatupu and Hill.Spencer and Sims did absolutely nothing(not sure if Sims was picked in 05 or 06).

  13. That is a pretty big bust at the #4 overall pick. But it’s not the only one, draft histories have plenty of top-5 picks who never made it.

    It was smart of PC/JS to get rid of Curry early, would have been an unnecessary distraction.

  14. jcalexander says:

    I’m sure God will be glad of the help…if Curry could be just a little more productive for Him than he was for his coaches…

  15. wabubba67 says:

    Probably already mentioned, but the Patriots also released Deion Branch recently.

    “If you want him, you know where to find him.” (On the trash heap.)

  16. Ole Ruskell sure did look like a genius after that 2005 offseason, didn’t he? Tatupu is probably the best player Ruskell ever drafted as a GM, just based on how much of a game changer, and play maker he was at the height of his career. We also owe T.R. just a little bit of thanks for Mebane, Unger, and even in part for Earl Thomas. From what I’ve read, what I can remember about that draft was that Ray Rhodes was very influential in the scouting and desire to bring Tatupu to Seattle. Essentially, you could say Tatupu was really R.R.’s pick.

    And for a minute, Michael Boulware showed us flashes of Kenney Easley, that is until we realized, well, no, he’s not really even close to being that. What’s funny about that though (really funny) is that T.R. turned around and gave Boulware to the Texans for Jason Babin.

  17. confucious says:

    You can’t help but to get smarter when you read this blog some days. Thanks posters.

  18. MoSeahawk12 says:

    ACIB – NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Twice!!

  19. mojjonation says:

    The only surprise is how long Curry managed to stay with the Raiders.

  20. Palerydr says:

    I pointed out in an earlier post that Ruskell also drafted Unger and Mebane both huge impact players for our team right now. he missed completely on all his first rounders and I would say trading a 2nd rounder that turned into Earl Thomas was his best move as a GM.

  21. Sekolah–Yeah, and HOlmgren was PISSED that Ruskell dumped Boulware (one of Holmy’s picks) and so refused to give Babin any chance to see the field. Babin still hates fat Holmy for it, and I dont blame him. Babin looked to be really good in preseason the next year, and Seattle stupidly cut him. And kept LoJack. Wow. That right there should have gotten Timmay! fired.

    Not one of Timmay!s first round picks worked out. The best players he drafted were Tatupu, Hill, Mebane, and Unger. Only one has made the Pro Bowl, but I think Mebane and Unger are playing at that level now.

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