Curry on the trading block

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--Rumors are swirling around the league that the Seahawks are potentially interested in trading the team's first-round draft pick from 2009, linebacker Aaron Curry.

According to an online report, five teams have contacted the Seahawks about possibly making a deal, including Philadelphia, Arizona, the N.Y. Giants, Carolina and Kansas City.

However, this report is unsubstantiated by other news outlets and has not been confirmed by the Seahawks.

Earlier during training camp, the Seahawks restructured Curry's contract, making it easier to part ways with the underperforming linebacker at season's end if they choose.

Curry agreed to cut his rookie deal from six to four years. In return for giving up $5 million in guaranteed salary Curry's due to make in 2012, he can become a free agent at the end of that season -- two years earlier at the age of 27.

The No. 4 overall draft pick in the 2009 draft was demoted to second team last week, with rookie K.J. Wright getting the nod.

Carroll said that Wright did a solid job in place of Curry, and that he doesn't anticipate that situation changing this week.

"We'll go to Wednesday and see how that goes, and see what that all means," Carroll said. "But he (Wright) did play well enough to play again. He did a good job."

Asked if he anticipates a role for Curry still in Seattle, Carroll had this to say: "Yeah, sure he's on our team. We're counting on him playing and contributing. He was involved in a number of different situations yesterday. We'll see how it goes. I'm not sure what's going to happen this week. I don't have to know right now."

--Special teams standout linebacker Matt McCoy has been a surprise performer on defense for the Seahawks so far this season.

With David Hawthorne still not fully healthy after missing the first game of the year against San Francisco with a knee issue, McCoy has taken over the role as middle linebacker in passing situations.

McCoy led the team in special teams tackles with 19 last season, so the Seahawks were looking to find a specific role for him on defense.

"He secured the spot in the nickel group because of how he played in preseason," Carroll said. "He competed and demonstrated that he was the right guy for that spot for us."

--Carroll also was impressed with the play of rookie offensive tackle James Carpenter, saying he played well for a second straight game.

"He's improving, but he has more to go," Carroll said about Carpenter. "And halfway through the season he should be a pretty accomplished right tackle for us. It's going to take him a little while, but we're certainly seeing good things.

"And you see positive plays where he gets great movement. And when he blows guys out and makes big blocks, so you know he has a high end then."

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