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Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

Posted on: September 22, 2011 7:47 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 7:50 pm
Inconsistency landed Aaron Curry on the bench. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry was the fourth pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He's started 30 games in just over two seasons, including the first two games of 2011, both lopsided losses to the 49ers and the Steelers. In that time he has 123 tackles, 5.5 sacks, eight passes defended, four forced fumbles and he's still looking for his first career interception. (He had it last Sunday when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit him in the hands with what would've been a pick six ... except he dropped it.)

On Thursday, Curry was demoted in favor of rookie fourth-round pick KJ Wright.

“I don’t even know how to put it into words,” Curry said, according to the Tacoma News-Tribune. “But it is what it is. … Everything happens for a reason. There’s a purpose behind everything, and I’ll find it and learn from it and take off running. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens on Sunday. All questions will be answered on Sunday really.”

Curry didn't explain what exactly will be answered on Sunday, but getting benched on this team, arguably one of the NFL's worst, says something about the way he's been playing. Either way, he's taking the news about as well as can be expected. 

“He’s good, he’s a professional," Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said, according to Rapid Reporter John Boyle. "I’m sure he doesn’t like it, but he’s responded well.”

The News-Tribune's Eric Williams takes a trip in the ol' Draft-Day Time Machine to see what the Seahawks passed up to take Curry:

"While Curry has floundered, other linebackers taken after him in his same draft class have flourished. Washington’s Brian Orakpo (selected No. 13), Houston’s Brian Cushing (No. 15) and Green Bay’s Clay Mathews (No. 26) all have a Pro Bowl to their credit in their young careers."

Since arriving in 2010, Pete Carroll has been nothing but laudatory when talking about Curry, but the team did restructure his rookie contract this August during training camp. The length of his deal was reduced from six to four years and, as Williams notes, in return for giving up $5 million in guaranteed money in 2012, Curry can become a free agent after the '12 season (where he will almost certainly make much, much less).

It also means that the Seahawks can cut him after this season and not take a cap hit because Curry's salary won't be guaranteed.

If nothing else, Curry's predicament should take some heat off the other 2009 first-rounders who didn't quite live up to expectations: Andre Smith (Bengals, 6th overall), Darrius Heyward-Bey (Oakland, 7th), Aaron Maybin (Buffalo, 11th) and Donald Brown (Colts, 27th).

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Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:40 am

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:30 pm

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

I have to agree with Coach and nsmith.

It is time for the man to start earning his money. Hopefully this is a wakeup call but it usually does not work until they get cut and get to another team.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:19 pm

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

too bad about this guy and aaron maybin. I think we have seen the potential downfall of giving guys too much garaunteed rookie money...

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:54 am

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

Hey coach, the defensive coordinator just told you how he was handling it. Like a professional. I cant stand watching him as a player, but off the field he has been a good kid. Which makes him a normal Seattle Seahawk, a good guy who can't play...

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:04 am

Well I would still rather have Aaron Curry

than the PIG of a 3rd pick on the 1st round that we (KC CHIEFS) took....Tyson Jackson.....He's terrible, terrible!!!....ONE sack in 2 plus yrs....stole 31 Million guaranteed....57 Million % yr contract....I think Pioli was on Crack when he made this pick...ENUFF said!!!

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:10 am

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

"I don't even know how to put it into words..."  Sounds to me like he isn't getting it.  He expands to say the politically correct stuff but he is getting pushed aside by a younger player.  If you have 2 guys and one isn't producing or you see more potential, you have got to play the younger guy.  He can either take this and actually win his spot back, or he can pout about it and wait till he is traded or released.  I think he is a solid player who just needs a wakeup call but we will see how he takes it.

Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:17 am

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

The Philadelphia Eagles should be knocking on Seattle's door immediately.  Adding Curry via trade would be a good pick up for a team that definitely needs help at the LB position.  Sometimes it isn't the player that is underachieving, it is the system in which they work.  Surely everyone can not believe that Curry is the main problem with this Seattle Seahawk defense... 

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