After only one season, linebacker Aaron Curry was waived by the Oakland Raiders. Coming out of the 2009 draft he was labeled the “Best linebacker prospect in a decade”.
Jun 12, 2012; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry (51) at minicamp at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
While he is three seasons and two teams removed from that praise, Curry still believes that he is a good linebacker, even if the Raiders do not.
"No longer a Raider! On to my next venture! Expanding Gods territory! – Aaron Curry’s tweet"
"I am confident in my abilities to play linebacker, I know God will cook something up for me!! – Aaron Curry’s tweet"
Cooking? God? Sounds like this man needs to join the New Orleans Saints! Seriously though, Curry sounds like the perfect candidate to help the Saints defense.
While he has recently struggled with a chronic knee condition in both of his knees, Curry has made efforts to get back to full strength even undergoing a stem-cell treatment that took bone marrow from his hips.
Many believe that Curry’s career is done after being with his second team in three years. Though from his tweets obviously Curry would not include himself in that group.
If anything, it has given Curry a chip on his shoulder and made him believe in his abilities even more fiercely. That is exactly the kind of player that the Saints love to have.
The Saints could also use new blood in the linebacker department. Curtis Lofton has shown dominance recently, but too often runners have been able to break through the second level of the defense for big chunks of yards.
The Saints incorporate the 4-3 in their defense and ex-Seahawk David Hawthorne could bring Curry up to speed on Spagnuolo’s defense.
As long as Curry can prove that his knees are strong enough, the Saints should give him a workout and see if Curry still has it in him to be a starter in the NFL.