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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Observations from Curry's first camp practice

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

RENTON, Wash. -- Aaron Curry spent the last two weeks biding his time in the Seattle area while his agents worked toward a contract agreement.

By Saturday, Curry said he was approaching his breaking point. He seemed to be only half-joking when he said he considered sneaking into team headquarters to watch practice from a secret location. Missing the first eight days of camp was that tough, he said.

The Seahawks threw Curry into practice only hours after reaching the six-year agreement. The rookie first-round choice struggled some in one-on-one coverage drills. Cameron Morrah, Dan Curran and John Carlson were among those to beat Curry in the drill, although one of the NFL game officials monitoring practice flagged Curran for offensive pass interference.

Later in practice, Curry could have laid out Morrah. He let up at the last moment because the team was not wearing pads for this session.

Curry showed up for his post-practice media session carrying five helmets: his own and those belonging to Lofa Tatupu, Leroy Hill, David Hawthorne and Lance Laury.

Tatupu stayed in close contact with Curry throughout the rookie's absence, relaying what coaches were discussing in meetings. According to Curry, Tatupu even offered to meet with Curry at a nearby hotel to walk him through any new wrinkles. It never came to that, Curry said, because the staff didn't introduce anything too different from what they discussed during minicamps and organized team activities.

Curry said was "very scared" he would miss too much camp. He had told his agents he could wait only so long without getting a deal done, and that he felt Saturday was getting close to the end of that window. Even so, Curry said he had no idea a deal was near until the very end.