#4 Overall Pick No Longer In Seahawks Plans?
The writing was already on the wall for him entering the 2011 season when the Seahawks renegotiated his contract, shaving off the final two years and removing financial guarantees past this season. Seattle clearly knew Curry wasn’t turning out as they had hoped.
It was also not a huge surprise, then, that Pete Carroll gave Curry’s first-unit spot to rookie K.J. Wright in Week 3. Curry made a few costly mistakes against Pittsburgh the week prior.
It’s clear Seattle has lost confidence in Curry, who played primarily on special teams last Sunday. On the flip side, it’s also clear that Curry wants out of the Pacific Northwest.
“Yeah, they won,” Curry tweeted on Sunday evening, referring to his own team while answering another user’s question. Curry continued to tweet and made some controversial comments. He said that a trade out of Seattle was “possible.” On Monday, he said he’d be ecstatic about a trade to his home state of Carolina or the to the Philadelphia Eagles, who desperately need help at linebacker.
Curry appears to be tweeting his way out of town. But is a trade actually realistic? I wouldn’t say so. It’s hard to imagine a team eating the $5 million remaining on his contract this season.
Instead, the more likely scenario may be that the Seahawks use the demotion to motivate Curry and make him a better player.
“Competition is a motivator, and hopefully it motivates all our guys,” said Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll this week.
“In this case for Aaron, I think he’s highly motivated to get back in there.”
As far as we know, though, Curry is still listed behind Wright on the depth chart. We’ll see if he finds his way back into the lineup or if he truly has played his way out of the Emerald City.
So hit me back below Seahawks fans?! What comes next for #59?
**Update** From the aftermath of the Pete Carroll Press Conference On Wednesday
From Pete Carroll - “He’s frustrated. And rightfully so. ”
Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley says the strongside LB position is an open competition between K.J. Wright and Aaron Curry.
Draft Scout Rob Rang says I continue to believe Curry can be successful in the NFL. At 6-2, 254 pounds with long arms, he has the frame to consider moving inside. Curry’s biggest problem is his lack of instincts. Therefore, I do not believe he’d be successful in Seattle (or inside for any other 4-3 team). However, if protected by another inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment, Curry could still do what he does best — create explosive collisions and chase down ball-carriers from behind. Should Curry get another chance elsewhere, don’t be surprised if he, too, enjoys a career rejuvenation — especially if he goes to a team that caters to his unique strengths (and hides his unfortunate weaknesses).
Danny O’Neil says if another team was interested in acquiring Curry, he could be traded. But says it is “so very unlikely”.
Softy From KJR says
#NFL source tells me a 7th rounder for Aaron Curry would be the most #Seahawks could expect. Even with his restructured deal.