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Aaron Curry traded from Seahawks to Raiders

Posted on: October 12, 2011 4:33 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 6:14 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Not too long ago, Aaron Curry was the fourth-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and a sure-fire, can't-miss linebacking prospect out of Wake Forest. Now, he's been traded from the Seahawks to the Raiders for a pair of undisclosed (read: late) draft picks.

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Raiders sent the Seahawks an undisclosed 2012 draft pick and an undisclosed 2013 draft pick in exchange for Curry.

Curry recorded 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, nine pass deflections and 130 total tackles in his time with Seattle, though he lost his starting job in 2011.

Earlier in the day, our Seahawks Rapid Reporter John Boyle noted that Curry cleaned out his locker and said goodbye to his teammates, though it took some time for word of the trade to leak out to the public.

A fresh start with the Raiders certainly stands to benefit Curry (more than staying in Seattle anyway), and there's no question that he's got enough upside to warrant the first post-Al Davis trade for Oakland, especially at the low price of two later draft picks.

The early part of the 2009 NFL Draft is now shaping up as one of the worst in recent history though: Jason Smith (Rams, moved to right tackle), Tyson Jackson (Chiefs), Curry, Andre Smith (Bengals), Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders), Aaron Maybin (Bills), and Larry English were among the top-20 picks in that draft class.

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Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:25 am

Aaron Curry traded from Seahawks to Raiders

Same old Raiders. All you need is size and speed and it don't matter if you are retarded and incompetent. Only care about the tangibles and completely disregard the intangibles. Look like Tarzan, play like Jane, play for Raiders. Al Davis is smiling and high-fiving Satan in Hell right now!

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:02 am

Aaron Curry traded from Seahawks to Raiders

I wish Aaron Curry the best,  he has been a good person and team player for the Seahawks.   However wait until you see the guy constantly overrun the play,  get beat by every soso or better running back or tight end in the league,  or even worse make that "can't do it" penalty on third down that he has done since that fatal #4 overall pick.  Enjoy your "great pickup"

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:41 am

Aaron Curry traded from Seahawks to Raiders

Hear hear! Pretty good stuff for a niners fan!

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:36 am

Aaron Curry traded from Seahawks to Raiders

I agree that Curry may be a decent second tier player. He is almost that right now. The fact is that guy was drafted as the fourth pick in the draft and was making that type of money in Seattle. If you can draft a guy in the fifth round that plays just as effecrively as Curry and pay him 75% less why would you keep him around, not to mention that Curry lost his starting role to a rookie and cashed it is. Seattle had to cut bait. To be honest the deal makes sense for both teams. Maybe he WILL figure it out in Oakland.....But Immnot betting the farm after what I have seen the last three years.

Since: Jul 14, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:15 am

Aaron Curry traded from Seahawks to Raiders


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:10 am

Aaron Curry traded from Seahawks to Raiders

That's great, Reggie.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:05 am

Aaron Curry traded from Seahawks to Raiders

"The early part of the 2009 NFL Draft is now shaping up as one of the bustiest in recent history"

That statement is funny on so many different levels.
I'm just happy that CBS is keeping us abreast of this stuff, so we don't sound like boobs.

Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:00 am

Aaron Curry traded from Seahawks to Raiders

This reminds me of the Kamerion Wimbley trade, except this seems like such a better deal.  While Wimbley has been a great pickup, the pick we traded could have yielded Jimmy Graham or Mike Williams, which is pretty good value in the third round, so it seems that trade was pretty balanced.  Here, we get a legitimate talent for a bargain, 4th overall pick in 2009 for a rumored 7th rounder next year.  Thats almost a full 7 round discount (4th pick/1st round - 32nd pick/7th round).  Now from what Ive read, it seems like Curry was a physical player with natural athleticism (fits the Raider mold), but lacked the football instinct to warrant being the 4th player taken overall; thats fine, so maybe he's not as good as people thought he was, but he still has a lot to offer.  The sucess of LB/DEs taken after him such as Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, Brian Orakpo, and James Laurinitis, the pressure of earning a huge contract with guaranteed money, and the complete lack of defensive talent in the coaching staff have set this player back.  When he comes to Oakland, all that pressure is off his back, he knows what he was traded for so he's already had his letdown, but he'll be on a new team that has ton of young fast talent on the defensive side and is upcoming in their division.  That physical style of play will fit in just fine in the Raiders' scheme.  Anyone who watches Raiders games know that the defense has been getting beat from overpursuing in one direction and making stupid mistakes.  So to an outsider, it seems pretty stupid to bring in a player who is known to get beat by overpursuing and making stupid mistakes.  But the Raiders are and always will be a messy physical team that guts out victories by pounding the crap out of the opposing team over the course of the whole game, they'll make mistakes and penalties, but they also tend to force mistakes and penalties.  The basic belief is that at some point, your players' physical and athletic talent will allow them to make a big play when it counts. (Two games come to mind, the "Just Win Baby" Game last week and last years Chargers at Raiders with 2 blocked punts and 3 forced fumbles).  He seems to be the type of player who can excel in the Silver and Black.  Great pickup

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:45 pm

Aaron Curry traded from Seahawks to Raiders

If Curry is known for missing assignments and tackles (as previously suggested), then he'll fit right in in Oakland. The Raider defense has been TERRIBLE. Hopefully this move will stiffen up the middle a litte.

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:20 pm

Aaron Curry traded from Seahawks to Raiders

It has talent now?  Oh, that's right, because Tavaris Jackson is such an upgrade over Matt Hasselbeck.  Oh, wait, how's Hasselbeck doing in Tennessee again?  You're right though, Pete's doing a bang up job.  Marshawn Lynch has been sick.

4-12 to 7-9 = Better Jackuss  

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