News and Notes: Curry is Ready to Roll
Aaron Curry (AP/Rick Havner)

Posted May 1, 2009


With the draft finally over, new Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry can finally get back to doing what he knows best -- playing football. Curry said he's ready to get out on the practice field and run around for the first time since he began his NFL audition in January.

"I love the game of football," Curry said. "It's a little bit past love -- I want success with the game of football. And to not be able to play actual football for so long, it's tough for me. The closest I got to play football was just working out. Every time I worked out it just reminded myself that everything I did was for football.

"Football is pretty much my life. It's what I love doing. It's something that I have to one day give up, but as long as I can play it I'm going to play it."
Curry will continue to wear No. 59 in Seattle, a number he has worn since his first year at Wake Forest.

"It was just thrown on me as a freshman and it just kind of grew on me," Curry said. "We have a superstition in our family about changing numbers. That's a no-no. That's something you just don't do. You get a number and whether you're happy or not, you make your name in that number, and you make that number what it is."

Curry said he's also wearing the number to honor the guy he's replacing, linebacker Julian Peterson, who Seattle traded to Detroit during the offseason. Curry said he met with Peterson during the pre-draft process on his trip to Detroit, and the two had a good conversation, with Peterson giving Curry some pointers on how to handle being in the league.

Curry also said Peterson was one of the linebackers he tried to emulate during his time at Wake Forest. As the No. 4 pick overall, Curry has a lot to live up to in Seattle, but he doesn't see it as a burden.

"I wouldn't quite call it pressure," he said. "I know there's a responsibility for me as the first pick to definitely come in and be an impact player right away. And I have faith in my work ethic, and I faith in the coaching staff to make me a good player."

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--LB Aaron Curry saw a couple familiar faces when he arrived in Seattle this week, with former Wake Forest products offensive lineman Steve Vallo
s and tight end John Tereshinksi already on the team's roster. "John was always like my bash brother at Wake Forest," Curry said about Tereshinksi. "I was the guy on defense that was going to take your head off, and he was the guy on offense that was going to take your head off. And we were both on special teams. And we were the true Demons on the field where no matter what the situation was we were going to play full speed no matter what. And if that whistle hadn't blown yet you should have your head on a swivel."

--Coach Jim Mora said former Carolina cornerback Ken Lucas, a free agent who the team signed to a reported, one-year, $2.3 million contract with the some of the salary cap flexibility they created by pulling the franchise tag from LB Leroy Hill, will be the starting right corner to begin with over Josh Wilson. "I know it wasn't a popular move with Josh, but I felt like it was the right thing to do," Mora said. "We signed Kenny. He's been a player in this league for a long time. He's been a successful player. And we're going to put him in that spot. ... He's a taller guy. He's physical. He's competitive. He's smart. And I think we're going to get his best. I think he's really motivated. He's got a little chip on his shoulder because of what happened to him. He got cut. He was on the open market for a while, and I think he has something to prove."

--DE Nick Reed, the Seahawks' seventh-round pick out of Oregon, will get a good look by Seattle. "I've always been a Nick Reed fan just watching him on TV," Mora said. "I know he's undersized. He's 6-1 1/2, he's a little bit under 250 (pounds). So that's a little bit undersized for a defensive end, but he's a relentless guy. ... He just kind of always shows us and gets sacks and he's going. And for a seventh-round pick I think that's what you're looking for -- a guy who has a trait and has production. And his trait is being able to get to the quarterback."

--WR Deon Butler out of Penn State, drafted when the Seahawks traded up to select him in the third round, will get an opportunity to return punts and kickoffs.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I was blown away when I got off the plane. The city is beautiful. For the most part all the people I've met have been very nice to me, and everybody seems excited. And just when I walked into the building it was just mind blowing just to be on the water. And I've always loved water." -- LB Aaron Curry, commenting on the team's new practice facility, which sits on the banks of Lake Washington.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

MEDICAL WATCH: Defensive end Patrick Kerney had surgery on his left elbow this week in Seattle to remove bone chips. Team sources characterized the surgery as maintenance cleanup. Kerney is still expected to be ready in time for training camp in July. Kerney had season-ending, shoulder surgery in 2008, missing the last nine games of the year. Kerney's had two major shoulder surgeries in less than a year, tearing the labrum in his left shoulder for the second time since signing with the Seahawks. Kerney injured the shoulder during an Oct. 26 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: LB Leroy Hill: Tendered at 8.304M (tender withdrawn April 25; re-signed April 30).

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
--QB Charlie Frye started one game and struggled, finishing 12 of 23 for 83 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 27-17 loss to Green Bay.
--LB Wesley Mallard finished on the injured reserve with an injured hamstring.
--C Steve McKinney was picked up at midseason to help add depth to an offensive line decimated by injuries.
--LS Jeff Robinson filled in nicely when rookie Tyler Schmitt suffered a back injury during training camp. Seattle may lean on him again in 2009,
--WR Koren Robinson was productive in spurts but does not have the top-end speed he possessed early in his career. May be off to greener pastures.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED
--LB Leroy Hill: UFA; $38M/6 yrs, $15.5M guaranteed.
--CB Kevin Hobbs: Potential ERFA; $460,000/ 1 yr).
--WR Jordan Kent: Potential ERFA; $460,000/ 1 yr).
--LB Lance Laury: Not tendered as RFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--LB D.D. Lewis: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--WR Ben Obomanu: ERFA; tendered at $460,000; terms unknown.
--WR Courtney Taylor: ERFA; tendered at $460,000; terms unknown.
--S C.J. Wallace: Potential ERFA; $460,000/ 1 yr).
--OT Ray Willis: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED
--DT Colin Cole: UFA Packers; $21.4M/5 yrs, $6M guaranteed.
--FB Justin Griffith: FA Raiders; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh: UFA Bengals; $40M/5 yrs, $15M guaranteed.
--CB Ken Lucas; FA Panthers; terms unknown.
--TE John Owens: UFA Lions; terms unknown.
--DT Cory Redding (trade Lions).

PLAYERS LOST
--DT Rocky Bernard: UFA Giants; $16M/4 yrs, guarantee unknown.
--WR Bobby Engram: UFA Chiefs; terms unknown.
--OG Chris Gray: UFA; retired.
--DT Howard Green: UFA Jets; $625,000/1 yr, guarantees unknown.
--TE Will Heller: UFA Lions; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--RB Maurice Morris: UFA Lions; $7M/3 yrs, SB unknown.
--LB Julian Peterson (traded Lions).
--FB Leonard Weaver: UFA Eagles; $1.75M/1 yr.
--OT Floyd Womack: UFA Browns; terms unknown.


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