The next step, inevitably, will be to sever ties altogether with the fourth player chosen in the 2009 NFL draft. There appears to be no rush, for practical reasons. Trading Curry's contract, though shortened, wouldn't be particularly feasible. And there's nothing necessarily gained from a personnel standpoint by releasing him at this point.
But with rookie K.J. Wright taking over for Curry in the starting lineup, the future for Curry in Seattle is a fleeting one. Wright, chosen 99th overall his class, was the fourth and final 4-3 strong-side linebacker taken in the draft. He played well at middle linebacker when David Hawthorne was unavailable for the regular-season opener, showing the instincts that seemed to elude Curry, and it was clear the team wanted to get him on the field when it could.
But with Curry also having played relatively well in Week 1, that seemed unlikely in the short term. That changed when Curry dropped an interception and struggled otherwise during the Seahawks' 24-0 defeat at Pittsburgh in Week 2.
The Seahawks made the switch in practice Wednesday, but because the change was considered strategic in nature, reporters were prohibited from revealing the news under conditions established for watching practices during the season.
Curry addressed the change Thursday, however.
"I don’t even know how to put it into words," Curry told Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune. "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."
Curry, who frequently tweets religious messages, might have alluded to the switch Wednesday when he wrote, "Please tell me what you want me to learn from today's trial!"
The Seahawks' previous leadership drafted Curry when the former Wake Forest linebacker was considered the safest player available in his draft class. Curry had all the measurable traits teams seek in linebackers. He was, by all accounts, a hard worker who wanted to be great. But the Seahawks never seemed satisfied with Curry projecting only as a strongside linebacker. They figured a player drafted so early should add pass-rush value and contribute in other ways.
Curry has yet to develop in those areas. Wright, meanwhile, remains full of promise.
"It is rare that you would find a linebacker with that much length (6-foot-4) and 4.6 speed," Carroll said after the draft. "We need that flexibility."