By Will McDougle
This has been an interesting week for the former first round “lock” player. After another head scratching pre-season performance (low lighted by placing first in a mid game helmet tossing contest), Aaron Curry has agreed to a new and much shorter deal with the Seahawks.
Per ProFootballtalk.com, this new deal will void the final two years of his previous contract, and remove $5 million in guarantees. This restructure will also allow the Seahawks to cut him prior to the 2012 season or he can choose to become a free agent in 2013. Hard to believe it has come to this so fast. There is no way of knowing who initiated this deal, but one thing is for certain: The Seahawks need a big impact player for $8-9 million dollars, and so far he hasn’t delivered.
There is a lot of pressure that comes with being the 4th pick as well as the highest drafted linebacker since LaVar Arrington went second overall to Washington in 2000. Even more pressure is applied when you are given a six-year, $60 million contract with $34 Million guaranteed (the most a non quarterback rookie had ever received). The money is nice, but the coaches and 12th Man faithful want Ray Lewis type performance to go with it.
I follow Aaron Curry on Twitter and I think he’s a great husband and father. I also know that has nothing to do with football. I still think in the right situation, he could be an absolute beast in the NFL, but for now it just hasn’t clicked. Is it his skill level? Is it effort? Is it football IQ? I think there is something to be said about a proper “fit” in a system. Some experts say he is a better fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Some say he’s a middle linebacker, but as a Seahawks fan, I’m encouraged by his change to the Will Linebacker position. This seems to be a better avenue to success in Pete Carroll’s system ( just ask David Hawthorne how nice the play maker position is for one’s career).
For Curry? Time will tell, and it appears that time is now…Good luck.