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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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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 4:05 am

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

"While we could have had"

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:46 am

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

Just how can this take pressure off Maybin?

What would someone think is level with a benched starter with 5 and a half sacks (who does not play LB in a 3-4) and a would be pass rusher who has ZERO sacks, no matter if he is in a 3-4 or 4-3. And ZERO has been cut by his first team.

No, first to hit the streets can't say "Oh, look, Curry got benched so I don't seem so bad...."

Donald Brown at least has 5 TDs and almost 800 yards. Smith is on the O-line and some can take a while to get ready (a long while for this kid). Heyward-Bey is still fast and that's all Al wanted.

Maybin just makes the Seahawks say " While we could have has Orakpo, Cushing or Matthews, at least we didn't take that Zero Maybin."

Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2011 3:04 am

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

Curry was drafted high because of his potential coming out of Wake Forest.  For being the #4 overall pick, (passed up alot of great players like LB Orapko, Matthews, and QB Mark Sanchez), he has been a bust because his play is just average.  Their other LB, David Hawthorne, who was an undrafted free agent out of TCU, is the best LB on the team and is a true playmaker .  The rookie that is replacing him KJ Wright is a beast and showed alot in preseason.  Curry was given his opportunity and he is just not cutting it anymore.      

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: September 23, 2011 2:25 am

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

I was thinking the same thing. Tampa Bay needs to pounce on Curry NOW.

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:53 am

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

This is surprising to me. Curry dominated the ACC while at Wake Forest.

Yes, I know it was "just the ACC" but this guy is a beast.  Trade him to TB please.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 12:28 am

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

Seattle seems to like taking QBs that have no business being under center. 

Jimmy Clausen for Aaron Curry STRAIGHT UP..

10-1 Rivera turns Curry into a Pro Bowler.

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:25 pm

Seahawks bench former first-rounder Aaron Curry

Didnt Cushing get caught with PEDs?  hard to mention him as an ProBowler when he cheated so blantently.

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