Free agent LB Aaron Curry to visit Giants on Thursday
The 27-year-old Curry hasn’t played with any team since being released by the Oakland Raiders last season towards the end of a disappointing 2012 season. Curry was hampered by chronic knee issues last season as he spent eight games on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and registered a single tackle in the two games he did appear before the Oakland Raiders cut ties with him. His history of knee issues also prevented Curry from recording a single sack in the last two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
Originally signed as a fourth overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks, Curry was expected to be a safe pick in an unstable board at the top. However, the former Butkus Award winner didn’t live up to the expectations of developing into one of the top NFL linebackers, as the four-year veteran’s battles with knee injuries trace back to his time in Seattle. Curry lost the starting job in his third season with Seattle and was traded to Oakland for a future seventh-round pick in October 2011.
While Curry will get a shot to impress the New York Giants, he has garnered interest from several other teams this offseason. Following his release by the Raiders, Curry also worked out with the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals but wasn’t promised a contract by either team.
The Giants currently have several linebackers on the roster, but that group is far from stable. Although they signed Dan Connor during free agency they are still in need of help at outside linebacker after Chase Blackburn signed with the Carolina Panthers as a free agent. The Panthers cut Michael Boley and brought back Keith Rivers. A group of third year players – including Jacquain Williams, Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger will be also returning next season.
However, it won’t hurt the Giants to take a look at Aaron Curry, as the team is not afraid to make a gamble on once-promising players whose careers have somewhat derailed in recent years. They traded for linebacker Keith Rivers last year and also gave free agent running back Tim Hightower a look this offseason. Aaron Curry could be considered a similar redemption project by the New York Giants.