Former Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants are giving former Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry another chance to make it in the league.
The Giants on Friday signed Curry to a one-year contract, hoping the fourth player drafted in 2009 can reinvent himself after showing little while playing with the Seahawks and Oakland in what has been a disappointing career.
“We’re always looking for players and we like giving guys second opportunities,” general manager Jerry Reese said after the Giants finished the first session of a two-day minicamp for rookies and free agents. “He’s worked hard to get back, and he worked out well for us. If he didn’t work out well for us, we wouldn’t be fooling around with this. But he worked out for us well. He was the fourth pick in the draft a few years ago, so obviously we think he has some talent. We had him rated high back then.”
Curry, 27, tweeted: “Excited to be a Giant!!!”
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A college standout at Wake Forest, Curry seemingly offers the Giants a low-risk option for a defense that was among the worst in the league last season.
Curry had knee problems last year and is about 10 pounds overweight at 265.
Another issue is Curry’s pro career. He hasn’t done much since the Seahawks gave him a six-year, $60 million contract. He lasted little more than two seasons in Seattle before being traded to the Raiders in October 2011 for two draft picks.
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