NFL Nation: Thad Turner
August, 22, 2011
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Quick thoughts on three developments in the NFC West, plus info on roster moves in Arizona:
- Curry reworks contract: The Seahawks' current leadership did not make Aaron Curry the fourth player chosen in the 2009 draft. That is now better reflected in Curry's contract. My take after confirming Pro Football Talk's report that Curry's deal now ends after the 2012 season, two years earlier that it would have previously: Seattle's leadership gets out of a deal it did not make. Curry gets a shot at free agency earlier and he also becomes easier to trade. The fit hasn't been great in Seattle for either side. Curry has strong incentive to play well this season. Curry had been scheduled to earn $34 million in guarantees over the first four years of the deal. He now gets $29 million guaranteed over four years, with free agency waiting for him on the other side.
- Rams release snapper: Chris Massey's release from the St. Louis Rams is not without precedent. The team released him once before, then re-signed him at a lower rate. This move feels more permanent. Jake McQuaide has been been competing with Massey in camp. McQuaide's deal counts less against the salary cap. The Rams drafted Massey in 2002. With his departure, 2004 first-round choice Steven Jackson becomes the earliest Rams draft choice on the roster. Ron Bartell (2005) is the only other pre-2008 Rams draft choice on the roster.
- Seahawks sign Vobora: The Seahawks have been looking for lower-priced veteran depth at linebacker. They considered Ben Leber, but Leber signed with the Rams. Once the Rams had Leber, they released Vobora, who started 10 games for the team in 2009 and five last season. Vobora no longer fit into the Rams' plans as the team sought to upgrade with veteran depth. Seattle has gone younger at the position. Leroy Hill, who turns 29 next month, is the oldest linebacker on the team. Vobora is 25 and two days younger than Curry.