Seahawks bench ’09 fourth overall draft pick LB Aaron Curry

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry has been demoted to the team’s second unit on defense.

Curry, the fourth overall choice (Wake Forest) of the 2009 NFL Draft, has confirmed the demotion.

“I don’t even know how to put it into words,” Curry said. “But it is what it is…Everything happens for a reason. There’s a purpose behind everything, and I’ll find it and learn from it and take off running.

“It’s going to be interesting to see what happens on Sunday. All questions will be answered on Sunday really.”

The Wake Forest product butterfingered an interception, which potentially could’ve been a “pick-six”, on the opening play of the second quarter in the Seahawks’ humiliating 24-0 loss to the Steelers on Sunday. At the moment, the Steelers’ advantage was just 7-0. Later in that period, Curry seemed to blow an assignment in pass coverage that made way to a Ben Roethlisberger-to-Heath Miller hookup that put the rock inside the Seahawks’ five-yard line.

Though he remained at weak-side linebacker in base packages, the 25-year-old was not in the team’s nickel formations after that particular play. Williams adds that 2011 fourth-round pick K.J. Wright (Mississippi State) will replace the former fourth overall selection in the starting lineup.

In a decisions that was in the process for months, Curry officially complied to alter his contract in August, nullifying the final two seasons and ridding the guarantee from his 2012 base salary. Curry has made $23.176 million from the Seahawks over the first two seasons of his career, and his $5.07625 million base salary this season is fully guaranteed.

On the season, the former Demon Deacon standout has registered 11 tackles, nine solo stops.

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