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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

March 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

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Tatupu to Atlanta, Curry stays in Oakland

There was a time that Lofa Tatupu and Aaron Curry were considered part of the bedrock of Seattle's defense for the foreseeable future.

In fact that time wasn't all that long ago. Less than three years.

Things have certainly changed in Seattle where K.J. Wright is the only one of Seattle's starting linebackers who's under contract for 2012.

They've also changed for Tatupu, who on Saturday agreed to terms on a contract with the Atlanta Falcons, news that was first reported by ESPN.

Tatupu was released by Seattle last August after he was asked to take a steep paycut, and even with that reduction, wasn't promised a spot on the team when the season began.

He visited Washington and Oakland, but ultimately did not sign with any team in 2011, sparking many people to think he might not play again.

He was willing to wait a season to find the right spot where he would have a full offseason to prepare with that team. He worked out with Tennessee and New Orleans earlier this year before reaching this agreement with the Falcons.

In other news, Aaron Curry said on his Twitter account that he had restructured his contract to remain with the Oakland Raiders. Curry was scheduled to make more than $5 million this season, but that salary was not guaranteed, the result of a renegotiation he made with the Seahawks about a year ago. The renegotiation likely means a lower salary for Curry, who was traded for a pair of draft picks from Oakland during last season.

And finally, that Steve Hutchinson guy was released by Minnesota, meaning he made it through six seasons of the seven-year contract that Seattle would have had to guarantee -- in its entirety -- to re-sign him in 2006. And before anyone asks, no, I can't foresee any situation in which Seattle tries to bring Hutchinson back any more than he would choose to come back.

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