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Thoughts on the Aaron Curry Situation

Could this be Aaron Curry's last year in Seattle?

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, 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.


About Will

Football fanatic, former coach, and obsessive blogger. Proud member of the Seahawks 12thManNation. Follow him on twitter @12thManScribe


9 thoughts on “Thoughts on the Aaron Curry Situation

  1. Will,

    I think your thoughts are pretty accurate, and pretty indicative of the way this front office deals with players who are not living up to their expectations. Like you, I follow Aaron on Twitter. And like you, I think Aaron Curry the man is an example, someone worth admiring. He’s not a guy with issues of the field, and we don’t read about him causing issues at nightclubs, parties, etc…. But the NFL is a bit of a truth detector, and being a stand-up guy does not mean your character is going to translate to success on the field. Interesting to me that Curry’s name is brought up along side LaVar Arrington, who despite having a few respectable years in Washington, never materialized into what the Redskins were hoping he would when they took him as the second pick in the 2000 draft.

    The frustrating with Curry is trying to understand why? Why hasn’t his success at Wake Forrest translated to the NFL? Why aren’t the incredible physical gifts he possesses enough to overcome an average (some would say I was being generous) football I.Q.? Why, after three seasons, and two with arguably one of the smartest LBs in recent memory (Tatupu) not helped his development? LeRoy Hill is out of football for more than a few moons and he comes back and looks to be in mid-season form out of the gate. And while gifted, rarely have we seen a player as gifted as Curry not make it.

    From what little I understand about the LB position (little, relative to what the coaches and those who have actually played the position know and realize) it appears that what Curry lacks right now is the awareness, the instinct that greats like Ray Lewis seem born with. Curry often seems confused, a step behind, like he’s seeing the play a split second after others recognize it. And I write all of that knowing that he’s an amazing athlete, with physical tools to spare.

    If I had to bet right now, my bet is that Aaron Curry is not a Seahawk next year. But if that is the case, it will be quite sad. I want so badly for Aaron to make it here, to flourish, to get better, and to be the impact player we need him to be; and that we paid him to be. I wish him the best, and I’ll keep pulling for him. He’s as likable as anyone in the NFL, does not act arrogant and has been respectful of his fans when dealing with them. He’s easy to root for; easy to pull for. But in the end, football (as Pete Carroll and company have shown us over the past two years) is a business. Good guys don’t always make the team. I just hope Aaron turns it around this year and surprises us all—and most of all, himself.

    Posted by ozhawk | August 23, 2011, 2:12 pm
  2. I think that a player should play up to the level of his contract or leave. He hasn’t done that so maybe it’s time for that.

    Posted by Seahawkfan1976 | August 23, 2011, 6:33 pm
  3. What fit? you just do what the coaches tell you to do. I don’t remember “fit” being part of me making a team in HS!

    Posted by TheBossHog | August 23, 2011, 6:34 pm
  4. Aaron Curry is going to be just fine, but not in a Seahawks uniform.Noticed you said he might end up in NE on twitter last night. I know you were half joking, but you are probably right. Going to suck to see him play well in another city..

    Posted by KingLargent | August 23, 2011, 7:00 pm
  5. We want to win in Seattle. Sick of Ruskell’s wash outs..Ship them out, and let’s completely finish this makeover. Nothing personal, but if you can’t play, why should the Seahawks pay you to? Maybe this is the wake up call he needs.

    Posted by #1SonicsFan | August 23, 2011, 7:22 pm
  6. Ray lewis is a killer right??

    Posted by 8thegreat | August 23, 2011, 7:23 pm
  7. I think your comments are perfect on the article – I think Aaron will eventually work out to be the beast that the team is expecting. I too follow him and think that he is amazingly gifted – just hasn’t been put in the right framework yet – I honestly believe that the Seahawks staff will give him that opportunity and that he will excell…. shortening the contract – IMHO- is just something that should be done with every rookie that got a huge contract because of an idiotic draft policy – be it Bradford – or Long – none of them should have been given those contracts -(and no rookie – no matter who he is should get that kind of money- period) to me it should have been performance based contracting – Now it’s up to Aaron to go out there and get those numbers – something I feel that he can and will do

    Posted by Joe Kinnikin (@Webslinger4) | August 23, 2011, 7:39 pm
  8. Hope curry pulls it together, so much raw talent .I followed his twitter too and now don’t not cause it was offensive to me but, because it was starting to get way to preachy and boring. Thanks for the breakdown though thought it was good

    Posted by David | August 24, 2011, 4:06 am

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