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Aaron Curry hints he’s on the trading block

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In August, when we pointed out that Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry had given up $5 million in guaranteed money under the contract he signed as the fourth pick in the 2009 draft, Seattle coach Pete Carroll downplayed the possibility that the revised deal was the result of Curry’s performance in camp, claiming that the new contract had been done months ago.

But it wasn’t months ago.  It happened on August 16.

Curry has since been benched, hardly playing in Sunday’s win over the Cardinals.

As pointed out by Danny O’Neill of the Seattle Times, Curry now has dropped some hints that he’s on the trading block via Twitter, suggesting that possible destinations include the Vikings and the Panthers.

It’s not a shock that the Seahawks would decide to move on, given that Curry arrived before the current regime.  The real question is whether anyone will make a move for his services, including the Bears, where the man who drafted Curry now serves in a key front-office role.

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66 Responses to “Aaron Curry hints he’s on the trading block”
  1. seahawksfan25 says: Sep 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    He in the wrong system anyway. He is a pass rush not a zone backer

  2. kingjoe1 says: Sep 27, 2011 5:39 PM

    If he can tackle a 5 year old girl, the Eagles will take him. Of course the 5 year old girls playing LB and S for them now should be concerned

  3. cdjones34 says: Sep 27, 2011 5:40 PM

    Please go to the Eagles god we need help

  4. bleedgreen says: Sep 27, 2011 5:41 PM

    Can he be worse than Moises Fokou or Casey Matthews? Go get im, Howie.

  5. bayoubauer says: Sep 27, 2011 5:46 PM

    Saints

  6. 7thlombardiontheway says: Sep 27, 2011 5:48 PM

    What could he honestly be worth?

  7. jayrams39 says: Sep 27, 2011 5:48 PM

    The eagles could use him.. they seem to be a little weak at that position..

  8. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 27, 2011 5:50 PM

    Please be true! Even when this guy rarely happens to find himself in the right place at the right time, he still finds a way to not make the play.

  9. dafixisin says: Sep 27, 2011 5:55 PM

    Uh, excuse me Eagles fans, but the Raiders need an OLB in the worst way as well. We got Rolando McClain doing essentially all the work at the 2nd level, while Quentin Groves does his invisible man routine. We got Kamerion Wimbley masquerading as an OLB, and no deep beyond these guys.

    We need Curry AND Marcus Trufant. What’s it gonna take?

  10. Soulman45 says: Sep 27, 2011 5:56 PM

    I remember when it was talk that the Lions should take his first not Stafford the Detroit front office was right.

  11. notrelated says: Sep 27, 2011 5:57 PM

    Dear Eagles fans asking if he could be worse.. the answer is yes. Careful what you wish for.

  12. motownlion says: Sep 27, 2011 5:57 PM

    Go get em Mayhew. Curry would look good in Honolulu Blue.

  13. rwf1984 says: Sep 27, 2011 5:59 PM

    I hope the Vikings at least consider him!

  14. ajknox88 says: Sep 27, 2011 5:59 PM

    I bet the Panthers make the move for him. The Vikings aren’t necessarily that week @ LB

  15. asublimeday says: Sep 27, 2011 6:00 PM

    Maybe my bears can lube up and screw the future once again by giving up a first rounder for this bust.

  16. duanethomas says: Sep 27, 2011 6:00 PM

    Box of tape, two kicking balls and some vapor rub. He can help out my flag team for depth. Aaron Curry…BUST.

  17. skoobyfl says: Sep 27, 2011 6:01 PM

    The Eagles will need all the help they can get in 2 weeks, nobody is stopping the Bills.

  18. vahawker says: Sep 27, 2011 6:07 PM

    Maybe he could thrive under a DC who would just turn him loose and not worry about any kind of disciplined play from him. He always seems to be 1-2 steps behind, slow diagnosing the play, but will be one of the first to pile after the tackle is made.

    He does seem to have improved his tackling somewhat this year. (when he gets lucky enough to have someone run right at him or have a really slow guy trying to run away from him)

    Surprised he has been so pedestrian giving his apparent abundance of talent coming out of college.

  19. kylexitron says: Sep 27, 2011 6:10 PM

    for anyone who thinks he’s just in the “wrong” system, how entirely wrong could a system possibly be for a 4th overall pick to have one maybe two ‘slightly above avarage’ games in 2+ years and the rest well below average?

    As much as I hate to admit it our hawks wasted a pick on this guy who’s been given a ton of chances to step up and be in the very least, ‘above average’. You’d think a player touted with his ability would be able to be ‘above average’ in any system.

  20. vikesorgtfo says: Sep 27, 2011 6:10 PM

    The Vikings and Seahawks need to stop doing business with each other, it never seems to work out for either team (outside of Hutchinson).

  21. yem123 says: Sep 27, 2011 6:13 PM

    Wow… in his draft class, everyone was saying that Curry was as close to a “sure thing” as you can get. Like other guys *might be* all-pros, but Curry was a guaranteed pro-bowler. I can’t believe Mel Kiper could be wrong!

  22. oruacat2 says: Sep 27, 2011 6:15 PM

    I was half-joking when I typed this on the other “Curry heading to the bench” thread:

    “I’ll trade you Carson Palmer for Curry and a conditional 2012 draft pick.”

    But now FoxSports is reporting (or reanimating?) rumors that Mike Brown might be willing to trade Carson Palmer, so who knows?

  23. jakek2 says: Sep 27, 2011 6:15 PM

    The Eagles should trade the 2nd rounder they got from the Cards in the Kolb deal and call it Kolb for Curry (or overrated for bust).

  24. ruggerlad says: Sep 27, 2011 6:15 PM

    I wouldn’t trade my oldest pair of holey socks for Curry.
    Side note Mel Kiper is a tool and thought Jimmy Clausen was the next big time QB.

  25. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 27, 2011 6:19 PM

    At this point, I think there’s no way a recent first round pick LB couldn’t help the Birds. Book ‘em, Howie.

  26. arejaye57 says: Sep 27, 2011 6:23 PM

    I wouldnt be so fast to trade much for a early drafted LB eagles…..see ernie sims

  27. purplehayseuss says: Sep 27, 2011 6:24 PM

    The only way Curry works for the Vikings is if he unzips his Man Suit and reveals that underneath it all he really is Norm Van Brocklin. Him, I would trade for. The Dutchman would kick some ass and throw some deep balls. Hell, let him call the plays, too.

    He would light some fires. So would Joe Kapp. Kapp never took (bleep) off anyone. He would come to the line and insult the D-linemen’s wives and mothers. Kapp would welcome the onrushing DE and bust the dude in the mouth.

    Otherwise, Rotsa Ruck Curry. Ya played yourself out of a wealthy life.

  28. rwf1984 says: Sep 27, 2011 6:25 PM

    The Vikings need an OLB! If your a Vikings fan you know that, unless your to stuck to break up the brothers. Erin Henderson did nothing to win or lose the job because no one was behind him, so he kind of got the job by default!

  29. rwf1984 says: Sep 27, 2011 6:35 PM

    Mike Singletary might be able to get Curry’s ability out! So why not give it a Chance Minnesota?

  30. lionfan419 says: Sep 27, 2011 6:37 PM

    detroit should give them next years 7th rounder like we did when we stole lojaCK FROM THEM

  31. rwf1984 says: Sep 27, 2011 6:37 PM

    Trade McNabb for Curry! Either way a team will be shipping off a player that is not playing good at this moment!

  32. jikkle49 says: Sep 27, 2011 6:49 PM

    For a guy drafted 4th overall there should be no “wrong” system for him. If you’re going to draft an LB that high he should be a supreme talent at the position and be able to do it all in any scheme.

    The 3-4 was also the “wrong” system for Patrick Willis coming out and he’s not doing half bad at this point in time in it.

  33. docboss says: Sep 27, 2011 6:56 PM

    Send him to the Rams. Seattle can have any four of their receivers except Amendola. Seriously, wasn’t Curry proclaimed as a “can’t miss” player by all the pundits. Can it be that this could be a “bust” situation. The times I have seen Curry play he looked very athletic but not instinctive. Perhaps another Taylor Mays, but with the stigma of the high pick.

  34. ninjapleazee says: Sep 27, 2011 7:00 PM

    Eagles need to address their linebackers… Eagles need to wake up from the dream of Casey turning into Clay Matthews…. IT AINT HAPPENING. He’s been horrible in ALL THE GAMES.

  35. acruiser75 says: Sep 27, 2011 7:01 PM

    The Raiders should send Heyward-Bey to the Hawks for Curry, sounds fair… bust for bust

  36. norcalmikey says: Sep 27, 2011 7:04 PM

    The Raiders are going to trade 2 1st round picks for him. Watch.

  37. mezter says: Sep 27, 2011 7:14 PM

    I would love to have this guy on the 49ers. He would be great as a OLB with Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, and Parys Haralson.

  38. thedingo8 says: Sep 27, 2011 7:20 PM

    maybe they can package him with Tarvaris Jackson to anyone with an empty waste basket.

  39. dirtyharry44 says: Sep 27, 2011 7:44 PM

    Curry referred to the Seahawks win Sunday as, ‘they won.’ Please take him……anyone……..please.

    And for those of you that think he can rush the passer. Give that thought up now as he first has to learn to shed blockers.

    And remember, he looks like he’s in on every play because he runs to the pile after the whistle blows.

    And since I’m on the subject, Curry blows.

  40. 6ball says: Sep 27, 2011 8:00 PM

    .

    Everyone had him as the 4th pick in the draft, so it’s hard to kill the Seagulls.

    However close inspection of recent drafts at nfl. com would reveal that each year about half of the first rounders underperform.

    .

  41. whiskysauer says: Sep 27, 2011 8:03 PM

    Didn’t Mike Holmgren draft him in Seattle? And isn’t he in the front office of the Browns, not Bears?

  42. dbara43 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:11 PM

    Curry we would probably take a mid-2nd to early 3rd rounder for, 50-75 somewhere. Trufant, you better be bringing a late 3rd, early 4th rounder; 80 – 100 pick.

    Curry can play some, he’s just not outstanding at anything. He’s a solid 3rd round talent as a football player, but off the charts as an athlete.

    db

  43. mwcarolina says: Sep 27, 2011 8:16 PM

    Panthers or Redskins get him. Panthers (out of need) and Redskins (to keep him away from the Eagles), but honestly, i havent heard about this until now, so i dont know if he will get traded or not.

  44. dolphins4 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:18 PM

    A bunch of old ladies on electric scooters could play the linebacker position better than the Eagles linebackers.

  45. sundog05 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:27 PM

    rwf1984 says:
    Sep 27, 2011 6:35 PM

    Mike Singletary might be able to get Curry’s ability out! So why not give it a Chance Minnesota?
    ______________________________

    “Cannot play with him. Cannot win with him. Cannot coach with him. Can’t do it….won’t do it. I want WINNERS!”

  46. snoqualmieterry says: Sep 27, 2011 8:28 PM

    No team is going to give us much, so, why not keep him as a backup and punish him for being a crappy LB. If we trade him out of the rain, doesn’t that reward him?

  47. savannahrose44 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:36 PM

    @ whiskysauer

    Holmgren was gone by then he was drafted under Mora and Ruskell.

  48. savannahrose44 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:38 PM

    I’ll not be sad to see Curry go. He simply doesn’t fit in Seattle. I won’t miss the penalties and I won’t miss him running to the pile after the whistle either.

  49. savannahrose44 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:40 PM

    norcalmikey says:
    Sep 27, 2011 7:04 PM
    The Raiders are going to trade 2 1st round picks for him. Watch.

    And the Seahawks would laugh all the way to the bank on that one…Cha Ching cha ching!

  50. gooboy6 says: Sep 27, 2011 9:15 PM

    He’s got that 25 mil Guaronteeeeeeeeed

  51. gudy2shoes says: Sep 27, 2011 9:27 PM

    He was a bust from day one. He can not tackle. Does not finish a play.

  52. deadontoilet says: Sep 27, 2011 9:57 PM

    Wow, I’m surprised at how many people misjudge a player. Curry is a traditional 4-3 SAM; he’s great at setting the edge, taking on lead blockers and blowing up plays.

    He’s NOT a pass rusher, and has never been a pass rusher (go back and watch his high school and college tape). In Carroll’s system, outside linebackers need to rush the passer better then a typical 4-3 SAM would normally be capable of.

  53. samoanjungle says: Sep 27, 2011 10:12 PM

    I may be wrong on a lot of players but I picked this guy as the bust of the draft on draft day. Overhyped for his workouts.

  54. dstep24 says: Sep 27, 2011 10:15 PM

    Whoever commented that he’s a pass rusher apparently has never seen him play. He’s big, fast, agile and completely clueless on the field…in any scheme. No instincts whatsoever. Can run with any linebacker, hit with any linebacker and draw 15-yarders all day long for stupid antics after the whistle. We’ve all wanted him to work out here, but it’s clear that won’t happen. Not sure where he’d work out. Special Teams gunner…maybe.

  55. bearsrulepackdrool says: Sep 27, 2011 10:54 PM

    The real question is whether anyone will make a move for his services, including the Bears, where the man who drafted Curry now serves in a key front-office role.

    _________________________________

    Wouldn’t surprise me at all.

    Angelo loves to add help at any position but WHAT WE NEED. Especially on defense.

  56. slick3 says: Sep 27, 2011 11:37 PM

    sweetnlow44 says:
    Sep 27, 2011 5:50 PM

    Please be true! Even when this guy rarely happens to find himself in the right place at the right time, he still finds a way to not make the play.
    _____________________________________________

    vahawker says:
    Sep 27, 2011 6:07 PM

    Maybe he could thrive under a DC who would just turn him loose and not worry about any kind of disciplined play from him. He always seems to be 1-2 steps behind, slow diagnosing the play, but will be one of the first to pile after the tackle is made.

    He does seem to have improved his tackling somewhat this year. (when he gets lucky enough to have someone run right at him or have a really slow guy trying to run away from him)

    Surprised he has been so pedestrian giving his apparent abundance of talent coming out of college
    _________________________________________

    Then he would fit in perfectly with the Eagles. The only thing that would make him even more qualified is if he had two bad knees.

  57. Pacific NW Mark says: Sep 27, 2011 11:38 PM

    whiskysauer says: Sep 27, 2011 8:03 PM

    Didn’t Mike Holmgren draft him in Seattle? And isn’t he in the front office of the Browns, not Bears?

    Tim Ruskell was the former Seahawk GM who in 5 years took them from Super Bowl to smoking crater. He is now the number two (in more ways than one) personnel guy in Chicago.

  58. hillbillyjim says: Sep 27, 2011 11:43 PM

    I think Curry would do really well on that show wipe out. He doesn’t belong on a football field.

  59. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 28, 2011 3:25 AM

    bleedgreen says: Sep 27, 2011 5:41 PM

    Can he be worse than Moises Fokou or Casey Matthews? Go get im, Howie.
    —————–

    You can’t POSSIBLY have the cap space…

  60. mello10 says: Sep 28, 2011 8:35 AM

    Doesn’t he make a ton of money as a top 5 pick? Eagles won’t add him & pay his salary b/c they’ll need the cap room to extend McCoy or DeSean (unlikely).

  61. mello10 says: Sep 28, 2011 8:40 AM

    Mr.Wright212,

    You’re allowed to be $5 million over the cap this year, and the Eagles are currently $6,231,810.00 under the cap. So they’ve got $11,231,810.00 to play with. Don’t think they’ll trade for Curry, but just saying…

  62. suhnami says: Sep 28, 2011 8:51 AM

    Given his size and skill set, IMO could be a good try at ILB in a 3-4.

    problem is he’s NOT a pass rusher…he plays a very controlled game, defends the run and is solid in pass coverage.

    He doesn’t do anything great “jack of all trades, expert of none” and in the bulk of today’s schemes you have to have some pass rush abilities to play on the outside regarldess of 4-3 or 3-4.

    try transitioning him to ILB for a 3-4 and see how he does…NE perhaps?

  63. hillzmickelzon says: Sep 28, 2011 9:49 AM

    Let there be no more comments if KEN NORTON cant light a fire under you & get at the very least a few forced fumbles,int, hard hit,a tackle in space? i just dont like wake forest coverage LBs who think that will work in the leauge..

  64. coolj23 says: Sep 28, 2011 8:33 PM

    Born and raised in Chicago, been living in Seattle area 15 yrs. Bears please don’t miss this opportunity. This guy can play in the bears system and be a pro bowler. Don’t mess around offer a 3rd rd pick and don’t look back. NOT RICK MIRER I promise. GO BEARS!!!

  65. johneerocket says: Sep 28, 2011 11:10 PM

    Please take him, anyone. Overpaid, under-productive, out of position, bad tackler. I’m sure Ken Norton told PC that he can’t do anything to make him the LB we need. That’s why he’s been restructured, getting ready to either cut him or ship him out.

  66. letemsoar says: Sep 29, 2011 4:47 PM

    If the philly eagles step up and make a trade, the eagles run d will get much better. he is more of a pass rusher in the 4-3 scheme. philly runs a 4-3. having a fast pass rushing LB would be great to defend TEs and RBs

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