Oakland Raiders Trade For Aaron Curry, Give Up Draft Picks To Seahawks
Aaron Curry has reportedly been traded to the Oakland Raiders from the Seattle Seahawks for two draft picks, one in 2012 and another in 2013. We break down all the details. For more on the Raiders, check out Silver & Black Pride.
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Before the season started, many believed that one of the key positions of need for the Raiders was at the outside linebacker position, specifically, at the weak side position. The other linebacker positions are solid with 2010 first round draft pick Rolando McClain holding down the middle linebacker spot and recent trade acquisition Kamerion Wimbley holding down the strong side linebacker position.
However, as the off season came and went, the Raiders did not go out and find another linebacker. Well, that changed earlier this week when the Raiders traded for Aaron Curry. At first, it was assumed that Curry would primarily be a back up who could possibly challenge for a starting position as the season went on. As it turns out, the Raiders have no intention on waiting for Curry to prove himself.
Though the Raiders have not commented on the benching of Quentin Groves, it is believed that Groves issues with run defense were a major reason they have decided to bench him. However, there are also rumors that the coaching staff was not pleased with Groves' mentality and that thought process came to a head when he failed to get off of the field in time, causing a penalty for 12 men on the field, during the final drive of the Texans game.
Regardless of the reason for the benching of Groves, Sunday begins the era of Curry.
It isn't clear which draft picks the Raiders had to give up to get Curry, but now their 2012 NFL Draft board is almost totally wiped. The Raiders have no picks in the second, fourth and seventh rounds next year, and it's likely that Oakland had to part with another middle round pick to get the Raider linebacker.
The trade that will reportedly send linebacker Aaron Curry to the Oakland Raiders from the Seattle Seahawks has yet to be finalized, but many consider it a done deal. In exchange, the Raiders are to send a conditional mid-round pick in 2013 and a 6th-round pick in 2012. The picks themselves aren't high stakes, and exactly the kind you expect in a trade like this, so what can the Raiders expect from Curry?
That really depends on how you see him. Curry represents two lines of thought: the bust who failed to live up to his 4th-overall pick billing, who fell short of expectations when he was labeled one of the safest draft picks in years, and the player who had to deal with different head coaches and different philosophies in his two seasons in the league. Which one is he for you?
For the Raiders, he's probably somewhere in between. For the Seahawks, he's probably not exclusively the former, either, but it was simply time to move on. It's probably unrealistic to think that Curry will get things going and live up to his draft status, but he doesn't come with that hanging over his head. It's a fresh start, and for Curry, that's just fine. He's looked at 2011 as a fresh start regardless, and has looked a bit better this season in his playing time.
Curry is athletic, driven and unquestionably intelligent. For some reason, that intelligence has never translated into full comprehension of an NFL playbook, and that's something he'll need to overcome. How does he fit into the Raiders' scheme? Probably as a multi-facted backup, applying himself at most positions, wherever he's needed, with his eyes on Quentin Groves and the weakside lineabcker position.
He'll want to take over that spot, but it's a long way up. At the very least, he enters Oakland costing no more than sixth- and fourth-round picks, so the pressure isn't there. He can focus on learning the system and how he best fits into it, and that's how he should have been applied from the start, when Seattle drafted him. It's not necessary that they mis-used him, it's that they tried to change him multiple times, and perhaps themselves didn't know how best they wanted to.