Raiders agree to acquire Curry from Seahawks

The Oakland Raiders agreed to acquire linebacker Aaron Curry

from Seattle on Wednesday, two years after the Seahawks selected

him fourth overall in the draft.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the trade will be

official once the league approves it and Curry passes his

physical.

Curry failed to live up to the high expectations of being a high

draft pick and lost his starting job earlier this year. The

Seahawks decided to cut ties after 2 1/2 seasons, acquiring a 2012

seventh-round pick and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2013 for a

player once considered a ”can’t miss” star.

This move is the first the Raiders have made since the death of

longtime owner Al Davis, who also served as general manager and ran

the football operations.

This is just the type of deal that Davis probably would have

liked. The Raiders have often had success acquiring former high

draft picks who were struggling. Curry would be the 12th former

first-round pick on the Raiders roster, including seven on

defense.

Curry was absent from Seahawks practice on Wednesday and his

locker was cleaned out. Some of his former Seattle teammates

confirmed Curry had come to the team’s facility earlier in the day

to say his goodbyes.

”He came in and said how much he had learned from us and how

much he’s going to miss us and everything. It’s a new beginning for

him and hopefully he steps to the plate,” linebacker Leroy Hill

said. ”I think down there he won’t have all those high

expectations that he had here so he can relax and just play ball. I

wish him luck and think everything will work out for him.”

Curry had fallen out of favor in Seattle, with rookie K.J.

Wright taking over the starting strongside linebacker role. It was

a rapid fall for a player taken No. 4 overall in 2009.

The Butkus Award winner his senior year at Wake Forest, he was

never able to make the complete transition to the pro game. Whether

he was playing on the line of scrimmage, as a rush defensive end,

even a third-down specialist, or this season playing back from the

line, he struggled to find a place where he could be

successful.

He struggled especially in pass coverage, to the point where he

was replaced by recent free agent signing David Vobora at times in

the fourth quarter of last week’s 35-26 win over the New York

Giants. Vobora had just been re-signed by the Seahawks earlier that

week.

Curry allowed eight receptions on eight attempts in his

direction for 120 yards, according to STATS LLC. For his career,

Curry has allowed 62 catches in 76 attempts for 613 yards and six

touchdowns for a 126.6 passer rating.

The Raiders are banged-up at linebacker with starting middle

linebacker Rolando McClain slowed by an ankle injury and backup

Ricky Brown placed on injured reserve last week. Starting

strongside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley also could be seeing more

time as a rush defensive end with starting end Matt Shaughnessy out

with a shoulder injury.

Coach Hue Jackson talked to the media before reports of the deal

surfaced and was not available to comment on it until Thursday.

Curry was first benched in favor of Wright in Week 3. He first

expressed frustration at the benching, but then said a few days

later that he was at peace with the decision to go with Wright. He

was asked on Sept. 29 if he felt like he needed a fresh start after

his struggles in Seattle.

”Who knows. I don’t know if I can sit here and say if that is

the truth or if it is not,” Curry said. ”I’ve never been in that

situation. I don’t know personally many of the guys who’ve been

through the situation of having a fresh start. So I really don’t

know.”

Curry’s future in Seattle was already tenuous after his contract

was restructured, with Curry giving up a large chunk of guaranteed

money that was expected to come his way in 2012 and freeing the

Seahawks to part ways with Curry after this season.

”He gets to go to a new team, show the team who he is and just

show them what kind of person he is,” Wright said. ”He told us

that before he left. So he’s just starting over. I think it’s going

to work out good for him.”

AP freelancer Curtis Crabtree in Renton, Wash., contributed to

this report.