Seahawks will get a pick in 2012 draft and another in 2013 from Raiders in exchange for linebacker Aaron Curry.
A simple sentence Thursday afternoon made official what was already apparent: Linebacker Aaron Curry was headed from Seattle to Oakland in exchange for two draft picks.
The announcement included a statement from John Schneider, Seattle’s general manager: “On behalf of Mr. Allen, coach Carroll and the entire Seahawks family, we want to thank Aaron for his contributions to the Seahawks and wish him all the best with his fresh start in Oakland.”
The announcement did not specify what round the picks would be, only that one is in 2012, the other in 2013.
Curry, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft, played 35 games for the Seahawks, sixth-fewest of the franchise’s 35 first-round draft picks from 1976 to 2009. Three of the five first-round picks who played fewer games than Curry suffered career-ending injuries.
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Curry started fast with two sacks and 32 tackles in his first five games, but was never that productive the rest of his time in Seattle. After he lost his starting job to rookie K.J. Wright last month, Curry’s situation became increasingly awkward with his statements on Twitter.
While Curry was never hostile toward the Seahawks or coaches, he responded positively to questions about playing for other teams and at one point appeared to refer to the Seahawks as “they.”
Raiders coach Hue Jackson was asked about what he saw in Curry.
“He’s athletic,” Jackson said. “He can run. He tackles. He takes on linemen. He takes on backs. I think he’s a really good football player. Obviously, I can’t speak to what went on up there, but I know what’s going to go on here so I’m excited about getting him.”
Curry played multiple positions for the Seahawks in his first two years with the team as coaches Jim Mora and Pete Carroll both tried to translate his athleticism into a pass-rushing threat.
While Jackson did not say specifically what position he would play in Oakland, it was clear he’s seeking a clearly defined role.
“I don’t want to put him in a whole bunch of spots,” Jackson said. “I want to let him play one thing and let him become great because I think the guy has great talent.”
Danny O’Neil: 206-464-2364 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Of the 35 players Seattle chose in the first round from 1976 to 2009, only five appeared in fewer games as a Seahawk than Aaron Curry. Three of those five players suffered career-ending injuries: Brian Bosworth (shoulder), Chris McIntosh (neck) and Marcus Tubbs (knee).|
|First-round pick||Year||Choice||With Seahawks||Games||Starts|
|QB Dan McGwire||1991||No. 16||1991-94||12||5|
|LB Brian Bosworth||1987*||1987-89||24||24|
|T Chris McIntosh||2000||No. 22||2001-2002||24||13|
|DT Marcus Tubbs||2004||No. 23||2004-2007||29||17|
|DE Lawrence Jackson||2008||No. 28||2008-10||32||24|
|LB Aaron Curry||2009||No. 4||2009-11||35||30|
|*Taken in supplemental draft|