Seattle Seahawks and Aaron Curry to Part Ways Soon?

When he was selected No. 4 overall in the 2009 draft as the second highest linebacker selected (LaVar Arrington) in recent memory and handed a 6 year, $60 million deal, it goes without saying good and eventually great things were expected out of Aaron Curry.

It goes without saying that great things have not come to pass.

Which is why it should surprise no one that Pete Carroll has restructured the third year linebackers six year contract and trimmed it down to a four year deal that will expire at the end of the 2012 season. He had roughly $5 million in existing salary shaved off what is currently two years left on his contract as well.

With the new rookie wage scale set in place, you can expect to see several more of these bloated top ten contracts to be trimmed down, especially for players who have underwhelmed for their high draft position like Curry. Already a virtual top 10 selection (11th, Aaron Maybin) has been cut altogether and Matthew Stafford, Tyson Jackson, Andre Smith, Darrius Heyward Bey, and Michael Crabtree have failed to live up to their draft grades.

Here’s something I have learned when it comes to Pete Carroll, if he’s reducing the number of years on a contract, you’re probably not going to remain with the team after that trimmed contract expires. A good example here is former starting right tackle Sean Locklear; he had multiple years remaining on his deal prior to the 2010 season and then it got restructured to expire at the end of the 2010 season. It expired, and who could’ve guessed… Locklear is now a Washington Redskin.

LeRoy Hill was another former starter who had his contract reduced and if Carroll managed to land Takeo Spikes in the off-season I don’t believe you would’ve seen him return to the team either.

In fact the so called “vaunted” unit of Curry-Tatupu-Hill (and paid as such) no longer exists and never realized their potential, let alone spent more than a handful of games together on the field. Tatupu is gone after not accepting one of these restructured deals. Curry just got his contract reduced and Hill had his 6 year, $36 million deal torn into bits and pieces and made a free agent before returning on a 1 year, $2 million deal.

There is a pattern emerging here, especially amongst linebackers. Pete Carroll is as cold blooded a coach as there is in the NFL when it comes to roster moves and he did not draft Curry and while it’s his duty to get the most out of every player he cannot be directly blamed for his underwhelming two campaigns in the NFL thus far.

If Curry’s deal is set to expire in 2012, then you should fully expect him to either not be retained or to be retained on Carroll and John Schneiders terms which certainly will come below market value. If you have any doubts of this, just ask Lofa Tatupu, the former captain of the Seahawks defense, and captain of Pete Carroll’s dynasty defense at USC.

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3 Responses to “Seattle Seahawks and Aaron Curry to Part Ways Soon?”

  1. Hawk_Eye says:

    Nice Article Andrew. I never could understand why we drafted Curry when at the time, when the strongest part of our team was linebackers. I think Curry is probably on the trade market right now, when you consider that the young linebackers are playing better than Curry.

    I just would like to add, you have to love what Schneider did this last draft and in free agency…

    First round (No. 25) – James Carpenter, OT, Alabama
    Third round (No. 75) – John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin
    Fourth round (No. 99) – K.J. Wright, OLB, Mississippi State
    Fourth round (No. 107) – Kris Durham, WR, Georgia
    Fifth round (No. 154) – Richard Sherman, CB, Stanford
    Fifth round (No. 156) – Mark Legree, FS, Appalachian State
    Sixth round (No. 173) – Byron Maxwell, CB, Clemson
    Seventh round (No. 205) – Lazarius Levingston, DE, LSU
    Seventh round (No. 242) – Malcolm Smith, LB, USC

    It looks like they can all play with the exception of Mark Legree, who hasn’t shown me anything yet. Every top draft expert gave us C-, D or even F grade. It looks like we will have the last laugh on this one.

    Free Agents added…

    Zach Miller TE
    Sidney Rice WR
    Doug Baldwin WR
    Ricardo Lockette (the Rocket) WR
    Josh Portis California QB
    Alan Branch DE
    Robert Gallery G

    I believe we now have the backbone of our team. One more good draft plus a quarterback and we are a playoff caliber team. You heard it hear first. Hawk_Eye

  2. Andrew Auger says:

    I totally agree. If Seattle had retained Hasselbeck, I would be putting them in the NFC Championship game.

    Instead, for whatever reason, they chose Tarvaris, and I believe even with all of the young talent on this roster their ceiling is a wild card berth and their floor is Andrew Luck, it all depends on if Tarvaris is just his normal self which is awfully mediocre or if he is simply just awful.

    It’s sad when fans who were booing the Whitehurst deal are now hoping he becomes the starter; count me as one of them!

    • Hawk_Eye says:

      Everyone said Tavaris didn’t get enough time to throw behind our inexperienced line, but if you watch the replay of the game, Charlie made his reads before the snap and threw the ball as soon as he set his back feet. I was impressed with his quick decisions and his accuracy, while Tavaris looked completely lost.