Let’s all hold our candles high and observe a moment of silence for the 2009 draft. More specifically, the first round of the 2009 draft. And even more specifically, anyone named Aaron in the 2009 draft.
Two Aarons from that draft have really sucked, teaching football-loving mothers everywhere to give their children far more successful football names like Joe, Peyton (or Payton), and Eric, although that Aaron Rodgers guy seems to be fighting the Aaron curse rather well.
Linebacker Aaron Maybin hasn’t justified his 11th overall selection and was cut by the Bills earlier this season after registering zero sacks in his first two seasons. And now another linebacker and another Aaron has been cast off as a spare part by a team that made a much higher investment.
The Seahawks have reportedly traded Aaron Curry to Oakland for a seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft, and a conditional mid-rounder in 2013, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Curry posted mediocre numbers over 35 games in Seattle, leaving the northwest with 5.5 sacks and 156 tackles.
The motivation for the Raiders partially stems from a need to fortify the linebacker position after starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain suffered an ankle injury Sunday against Houston. But beyond the short-term patchwork this is also a grasp at a solution for a poor run defense, with another large body brought in to improve a unit that’s allowing an average of 122.8 yards per game on the ground, and 5.2 yards per carry.
As with every Raiders reclamation project/experiment (see: Pryor, Terrelle), the risk here is low because of the small price Oakland paid for Curry’s services, and the reward is high. If Curry fulfills his upside he could look pretty nice alongside a healthy McClain and Kamerion Wimbley.
The downfall? Between this trade, the Pryor supplemental pick, the Richard Seymour trade with New England two years ago, and the trade to land Jason Campbell from Washington, the Raiders have already parted with four of their picks next April.