Seahawks LB Aaron Curry to be traded to the Raiders
Posted by Danny O'Neil
RENTON -- Linebacker Aaron Curry appears headed out of Seattle as he is expected to be traded to the Oakland Raiders.
Curry is in the process of finalizing a new contract, which was expected to be filed with the league by 1 p.m. Wednesday. The next step would be completing the trade to Oakland. The Seahawks received two draft picks in the trade, one in 2012 and one in 2013. They are believed to be conditional choices, which will be determined by the amount of Curry's playing time. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported the Seahawks will receive a seventh-round pick in 2012 and a conditional, mid-round choice in 2013. Curry is under contract through the 2012 season after re-working his deal with Seattle before the regular season began.
Curry was absent from the team's practice Wednesday. His locker was cleaned out. The team had no comment or update on Curry's status.
Curry is in his third season with the Seahawks, who chose him No. 4 overall in 2009. He lost his starting job to K.J. Wright last month, but the two players continued to split time at strongside linebacker.
Curry started 30 games in his three seasons in Seattle. He had an incredible impact his first five games as a rookie in 2009 with two sacks and a forced fumble. He only had 3.5 sacks the remainder of his Seahawks career.
He played in all 16 games last season, and was an effective run defender, manhandling opposing tight ends. This season, Seattle switched its defensive format, and instead of lining up on top at the line of scrimmage, he was playing off the ball. He played one of his most consistent games as a Seahawk during the season-opener but after Week 2 at Pittsburgh when he dropped an interception that could have been returned for a touchdown, he was leapfrogged by Wright on the depth chart.
As the No. 4 overall selection, Curry was the highest Seahawk draft pick since cornerback Shawn Springs was chosen No. 3 overall in 1997. Drafted out of Wake Forest, Curry was the highest draft pick of any linebacker since LaVar Arrington was chosen No. 2 overall in 2000.
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