Thursday, December 1, 2011
Curry finding his groove in Oakland
By Bill Williamson
While much of the post-trade attention in Oakland has been focused on how quarterback Carson Palmer is adjusting to being a Raider, the addition of linebacker Aaron Curry shouldn’t be overlooked.
Curry has elevated his game since being traded to the Raiders from Seattle last month. Curry was a major disappointment after the Seahawks took him No. 4 overall in 2009. He was inconsistent, didn’t show good instincts and underachieved as a Seahawk. However, Curry has been a solid, hard-nosed player for Oakland.
He made several big plays in the Raiders’ victory over the Bears on Sunday. Curry has 27 tackles in six games with Oakland; he had 22 tackles in five games with Seattle this season.
The best part of the deal for Oakland is it didn’t cost it much at all. Seattle took on much of Curry’s remaining salary. All Oakland owes Seattle is a 2012 seventh-round choice and a conditional 2013 fifth-rounder.
I checked in with Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. to get his thoughts on Curry. Williamson said Curry has been productive for Oakland, especially at the price tag. Here are some of Williamson’s thoughts: “The key is that Oakland didn’t give much up for him. So this is all gravy. He has fit in well and seems to be getting better. … I wouldn’t say that he looks like a linebacker that was a top-five should look. But I do think he is probably playing the best football of his career and is now a legitimate starting linebacker.”