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Revised Aaron Curry contract helped get deal done

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As the Raiders reportedly embark on a search for a General Manager, they should seriously consider the possibility that first-year coach Hue Jackson is perfectly capable of running the show.

Per a league source, the trade for linebacker Aaron Curry (who’ll debut Sunday as a starter) included a revised contract that limits Oakland’s financial investment in 2011 to $370,000, the prorated remainder of a league-minimum base salary of $370,000.

The source says that the rest of the guaranteed money on Curry’s contract was paid by the Seahawks in the form of a signing bonus before the trade went down.

Curry, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft, is still due to earn $5.7 million in 2012, but with the exception of $757,000, the amount is non-guaranteed.  If the Raiders like what they see, they can keep him for the full amount — or they can try to extend his contract.  (And if they cut him, the guarantee will be offset by whatever he makes elsewhere.)

In the end, it’s a very low-risk and possibly very high-reward move for the Raiders.

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32 Responses to “Revised Aaron Curry contract helped get deal done”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Oct 14, 2011 4:22 PM

    It’s a good trade for both teams. Raiders got a guy who may be able to revive his career for a fairly low price, Seattle got something for a guy who was probably going to be released outright at the end of the year.

    If you saw the Giants game, you can see why it’s good Seattle is getting rid of him. He had gone beyond playing poorly to the point where his lack of effort was hurting the team.

  2. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Oct 14, 2011 4:23 PM

    “limits Oakland’s financial investment in 2011 to $370,000, the prorated remainder of a league-minimum base salary of $370,000.

    How is $370k the prorated amount left of $370k?

  3. rysten says: Oct 14, 2011 4:26 PM

    Looks like a good move for the Raiders, but also isn’t bad for the Seahawks who couldn’t get any production out of him. Pete is going to turn the Seahawks around faster than most people seem to think.

    Also, how is $370,000 the prorated amount for $370,000 when the season is 1/4th done?

  4. psychoraider904 says: Oct 14, 2011 4:27 PM

    He can’t possibly play any worse than Groves.

  5. marader78 says: Oct 14, 2011 4:27 PM

    This was a great deal by the Raiders.Food for thought , Nnamdi Asomugha was considered a bust too, what if the Raiders just shipped him out early.Same with McFadden, what if we traded him last offseason…Getting rid of Curry after only 2 full years , for nothing more than a ham sandwich , was a big mistake by the Hawks.

  6. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 14, 2011 4:35 PM

    $370,000? Still WAY overpaid. He’s not worth league minimum. Still shocked the Seahawks got anything at all for him.

  7. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Oct 14, 2011 4:36 PM

    What did the Eagles have to lose taking a chance on this guy?

  8. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 14, 2011 4:41 PM

    Pete is going to turn around the Seahawks? He is an awful NFL coach, when he paid his players at USC he got production out of them, but in the NFL they are all millionaires and he can’t get them to “buy-in”

  9. forthelove says: Oct 14, 2011 4:41 PM

    So this makes that DeAngelo Hall thing even money. ($8 mil for 8 lackluster games and then to the Redskins for the veteran minimum.)

  10. tdk24 says: Oct 14, 2011 4:47 PM

    I’m sure Al and Hue had been discussing this for a week or 2, maybe longer. This very well could be the last player chosen by Mr. Davis, just that Hue had to pull the trigger to get him.

  11. seattlerogueburner says: Oct 14, 2011 5:06 PM

    This is the most media attention Aaron Curry has ever received. It’s funny how they’re saying his debut matches the same emotional intensity as Al Davis’death.

    Here’s an actual stat fact. When QBs throw to Curry’s direction, the QB has an average 129 passer rating. Have fun Oakland.

  12. dafixisin says: Oct 14, 2011 5:12 PM

    Wow… so the ‘Hawks basically paid the freight to expedite Curry’s departure into Oakland’s willing hands.

    The last time I looked, the Raiders were $6 million-ish below the cap before this deal. That still leaves them room to go after a veteran CB to bring some stability to their secondary.

    I’m totally rooting for the Redskins this weekend to send the Eagles to 1-5. Calling Asante Samuel, calling Asante Samuel…

  13. norfva says: Oct 14, 2011 5:15 PM

    Wasnt Curry supposed to be the one cant miss prospect of that draft. What happened.

  14. joetoronto says: Oct 14, 2011 5:19 PM

    $300,000 sounds like a gamble worth taking to me, wow.

  15. trollhammer20 says: Oct 14, 2011 5:24 PM

    marader78 says:
    Oct 14, 2011 4:27 PM
    This was a great deal by the Raiders.Food for thought , Nnamdi Asomugha was considered a bust too, what if the Raiders just shipped him out early.Same with McFadden, what if we traded him last offseason…Getting rid of Curry after only 2 full years , for nothing more than a ham sandwich , was a big mistake by the Hawks.
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    This is why I was on Curry’s side at the beginning of this season. He’s still a pretty young player (only 25), and it may just be that he’s still adjusting.

    But after watching him this year, he has no excuses as far as Seattle is concerned. Players drafted after him are doing his job better than he can. He’s been in position to make big plays, and then hasn’t made them.

    He didn’t play well for Mora, and he didn’t play well for Carroll. Before you say Carroll doesn’t know how to coach LBs, please consider the following: Lofa Tatupu, Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing, and Jerrod Mayo all excelled at USC and have been productive NFL players. David Hawthorne has thrived in Seattle. Greg Hill has resurrected his career under Carroll. Aaron Curry never improved, and as he fell out of favor with management, began to show a lack of effort.

    Once he started to dog it, it was critical for Seattle to get rid of him. Having a player who isn’t living up to expectations is one thing. Having a player quit trying is another thing entirely.

    Oct 14, 2011 4:41 PM
    Pete is going to turn around the Seahawks? He is an awful NFL coach, when he paid his players at USC he got production out of them, but in the NFL they are all millionaires and he can’t get them to “buy-in”

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    And yet, he has more playoff victories in Seattle than Oakland has had since January of 2003.

  16. crippled4life says: Oct 14, 2011 5:25 PM

    Love Hue Jackson! Can’t wait to see his next move.

  17. Todd Haley's Temper says: Oct 14, 2011 5:43 PM

    forthelove says:
    Oct 14, 2011 4:41 PM
    So this makes that DeAngelo Hall thing even money. ($8 mil for 8 lackluster games and then to the Redskins for the veteran minimum.)
    ——
    umm, MeAngelo was waived and then signed to a huge contract in Washington. Not even close to the league minimum. Do some research next time.

  18. lionhunter909 says: Oct 14, 2011 5:52 PM

    I remember a big debate as to whether the Lions
    should take Stafford or Curry in ’09. Glad that
    Martin Mayhew made the right choice!

    Still way too early to write off Curry tho’….maybe
    he just needs a change of scenery.

    Go Lions!

  19. radrntn says: Oct 14, 2011 5:57 PM

    Please aaron be the answer to containing the right side edge plays

  20. cliffordc05 says: Oct 14, 2011 6:25 PM

    I hope this works out for Curry and the Raiders. I am a Seahawks fan and am mystified about what happened to Curry. If you were to go back and watch the first five games of his rookie season he looked like the most can’t miss prospect from the draft. The he dropped of the map. He is supposed to be a good guy and has a ton of athletic ability. Maybe he just needs a new start where there are no expectations and no pressure. It clearly was going downhill in Seattle.

  21. eaglesdynasty says: Oct 14, 2011 6:26 PM

    Its the first time in a long time the Raiders have had a oppurtunity to employ both a real coach and a real GM. I dont think handing over the reigns and complete control to Jackson as GM and HC would be smart. Even great coaches have struggled to fill both roles. Let Hue do what he does best and focus on coaching and go get a real GM, one with a track record, and see how good this team could really become

  22. gbraider says: Oct 14, 2011 6:37 PM

    hey trollhammer2o, last time I checked Jerrod Mayo was from Tennessee (not USC) and I believe you mean Leroy Hill, not Greg Hill….therefore everything you’ve said is null and void ’cause you know not what you speak. He’ll be a great “playah” for the “raydahs!”

  23. raider23mike says: Oct 14, 2011 7:15 PM

    I said it once, I’ll say it again.. We were Stupid in benching Thomas Howard in 2010. And releasing him in 2011. Dude was a beast. Fast, Strong, could cover, could tackle. Happy for him in Cincy. Will always root for him to succeed elsewhere

  24. radrntn says: Oct 14, 2011 7:31 PM

    I did not realize Aaron Curry is the brother of Eric Barton who was drafted by the raiders and played for us for several years. I wonder what his brother had to say about the raider nation.

  25. nomesayin says: Oct 14, 2011 7:47 PM

    raider23mike says:
    Oct 14, 2011 7:15 PM
    “I said it once, I’ll say it again.. We were Stupid in benching Thomas Howard in 2010…”

    I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or not, but we did not beat SD Chargeless ONE SINGLE TIME while Morrison & Howard were starters. Since they’ve gone elsewhere, we haven’t lost to them.

    IMO, Rivers watched more film on Morrison & Howard than Morrison & Howard watched on Philip Rivers. Rivers always seemed to know how to exploit them psycholically at the most critical times. It didn’t matter if the Chargers needed a TD with less than 2 minutes, & starting inside their 20. Rivers would just march the ball right down the field, right under their noses.

    It was actually really sad, because I liked them both. But, let’s face it, the were the starting LBs on some of the WORST Raider defenses of ALL TIME.

  26. nwniceguy says: Oct 14, 2011 7:57 PM

    This is just one more reason I wish we ( NFL fans from Oregon) were able to watch the Raider game every week rather than the Seahawk game. I’m not a fan of either team, but at least the Raiders look to be on their way up while the Seahawks look like they would finish 3rd or 4th in the Pac 12

  27. fwbrodie says: Oct 14, 2011 7:58 PM

    radrntn says: Oct 14, 2011 5:57 PM

    Please aaron be the answer to containing the right side edge plays
    _________________

    Curry might be your man if that’s the Raiders only concern. That’s literally the only thing he did well in Seattle… unless he gets distracted by a decoy TE route.

  28. raiderapologist says: Oct 14, 2011 8:12 PM

    Jackson said he was impressed with Curry’s ability to get off the field in a timely manner between snaps. Too bad for you, Quintin.

  29. ronlm says: Oct 14, 2011 8:53 PM

    Here’s exactly what Eric Barton thinks of his brother playing for the Raiders:

    Q: Have you talked to your brother Eric Barton about being a Raider?

    Curry: Yeah, Eric’s way more excited than I am. I’m excited, and he’s like over-the-mountain excited. He’s like, I mean, when can I come up? Where can I stay? I’ll be there tomorrow. I’ll see you tomorrow. What’s the defense look like? Tell the coaches I say hey? I think he’s revisiting his time here and he had some special time here. I believe he went to the Super Bowl in 2002, so he’s extremely excited. He should be here today and he’s going to show me the ropes and he’s going to tell me all about Raider football, and I’m also excited about that, to actually have the history in my blood and be able to talk to him, he’s going to tell me how it should look and how we should do it.

  30. joetoronto says: Oct 14, 2011 9:13 PM

    seattlerogueburner says: Oct 14, 2011 5:06 PM

    This is the most media attention Aaron Curry has ever received. It’s funny how they’re saying his debut matches the same emotional intensity as Al Davis’death.

    Here’s an actual stat fact. When QBs throw to Curry’s direction, the QB has an average 129 passer rating. Have fun Oakland.
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    Of course he’s receiving allot of media attention, he’s out of Palookaville and with a team that’s relevant.

  31. warrenmoon says: Oct 14, 2011 10:06 PM

    All of our starting linebackers are 255 lb first round picks. At least Hillis shouldn’t be able to over power them this week so theres that. And with all the noise the media has made, how about Wimbleys first game against his old team? Our linebackers should all be amped for Sunday!

  32. forthelove says: Oct 14, 2011 11:11 PM

    forthelove says:
    Oct 14, 2011 4:41 PM
    So this makes that DeAngelo Hall thing even money. ($8 mil for 8 lackluster games and then to the Redskins for the veteran minimum.)
    ——
    Todd Haley’s Temper says:
    umm, MeAngelo was waived and then signed to a huge contract in Washington. Not even close to the league minimum. Do some research next time.
    ——
    umm nope. He was released midseason and got half a million for the final 8 games in Washington (which is really about $200k over of the vet minimum for him that year, my bad on that one, but really we’re splittin hairs here). The big contract didn’t come ’til the end of the year.

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