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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tip of the cap to ex-Seahawk Aaron Curry

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The Seattle Seahawks paid $3.2 million to Aaron Curry just so the third-year linebacker would go away.

That was seven weeks ago.

The team, anxious to get anything in return for a failed draft choice from a previous leadership regime, paid the money to facilitate Curry's trade to the Oakland Raiders.

The Seahawks presumably have no regrets. Curry wasn't producing for them. He seemed to be getting worse. They picked up a 2012 seventh-round choice and a conditional 2013 fifth-rounder for a player no longer of value to them.

Sometimes, however, a fresh start can help a player revive his career. The plays Curry made Sunday for the Raiders during their 25-20 victory over the Chicago Bears were certainly a positive sign for him.

I did not watch the full game, but in making my rounds across the web this week, I noticed Curry's name heading a list of high-impact NFL defensive players for Week 12. Advanced NFL Stats listed Curry and teammate Kamerion Wimbley just ahead of Denver's Von Miller on a list measuring playmaking. Arizona's Sam Acho was in the top 10.

Curry defended the pass Wimbley intercepted and returned 73 yards, a key play in the game. Curry also hit Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie, affecting a pass Stanford Routt intercepted. Curry twice tackled Matt Forte for 3-yard losses, and again after a gain of only three yards. He brought down Hanie after a 1-yard gain on a scramble.

Coaches would obviously know whether Curry or any other player fulfilled his responsibilities in coverage, against the run, within the scheme overall, etc. Curry, Wimbley, Miller, Acho and the other players listed might have failed in some of those areas, but all made key plays for their teams, at the very least.

That is a change for Curry.