With little money to spend these days, the Giants haven’t given up trying to augment their razor-thin ranks at LB. The team will bring in Aaron Curry, the fourth-overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, an oft-injured, underachiever who is considered one of the major draft busts in recent years. From Rotoworld:
Curry appeared in two games for the Raiders last season, making one tackle. He was later released in November and never latched on elsewhere. Curry is reportedly drawing interest from “several teams,” but he’s going to have to show he’s over his knee issues.
The knee problems aren’t scaring the Giants away from Curry, who will meet with them here on Thursday. After all, the Giants traded for (and re-signed) another notorious draft bust last year in LB Keith Rivers, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2008 draft.
From SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News:
The 6-2, 255-pound linebacker never quite lived up to all his promise. The former Butkus Award winner — given to the nation’s best collegiate linebacker — had just 5-1/2 sacks in his first two NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. In his third season, 2011, he lost his starting job early and was traded to the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 12 (for a seventh-round pick in 2012 and a fifth-rounder in 2013).
Then last season, after spending most of the year on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of his knees, Curry appeared in just two games and took only 18 snaps before he was cut on Nov. 20.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
When Jerry Reese says he’s going to explore everything, he isn’t kidding. This is another instance of the team hoping to have an American Pickers or Antique Roadshow moment. There were plenty of talented LBs in the draft they chose to bypass in this year’s draft, settling for two low risk UDFA signings instead. I can’t see them hitting big on Curry, who has to be willing to play for the minimum ($715k) for the Giants to even consider. The main issue, however, is if he can play. If he can, the Giants will have another player on their roster hoping for a shot at redemption. If not, nothing ventured, nothing gained.