NFL Trade Rumors: Should the Philadelphia Eagles Trade for Aaron Curry?

Jason KarlAnalyst IIISeptember 29, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Linebacker Aaron Curry #59 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after the Seahawks force a turnover in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Aaron Curry was supposed to be the safest prospect in the 2009 NFL draft, but his career has fallen short of immense expectations.

This season, the 25-year-old lost his starting gig to rookie fourth-round pick K.J. Wright.

The 255-pound Curry has all the talent and athletic ability to succeed and become a star in the league, but he doesn't seem like a fit in the Seattle Seahawks defense.

When asked on Twitter if the Seahawks were shopping him, Curry responded: "It's possible."

According to one source, the Philadelphia Eagles have already made an offer. However, take that with a grain of salt. This was the same source that said the Eagles were going to trade Asante Samuel for Patrick Willis.

Even if the report is inaccurate, the situation is definitely an interesting one. Curry wants to be traded to start somewhere else, most likely in a 4-3 system, instead of playing special teams.

The Eagles certainly have a gaping hole in their linebacking corps. The wide-nine scheme needs solid linebackers to work effectively. With Moise Fokou and Casey Matthews being overly aggressive and not playing their gaps, Philadelphia's run defense has been especially horrid as a result.

Matthews was recently benched for fellow rookie backer Brian Rolle, which was not much of a surprise.

However, at least at one linebacker spot, an upgrade is still needed and there really isn't much on the free agent market.

Curry could come in and possibly play right away at strongside linebacker. His 4.5 speed will certainly help covering the big, fast tight ends on the Eagles' schedule. Not only is he fast, but Curry is a physical player and can play the run well.

For his career, Curry has recorded 147 tackles, 5.5 sacks, eight passes defensed and four forced fumbles. Those may be only average linebacker statistics over a two-year period, but it is certainly an upgrade over the embattled linebackers in Philadelphia.

If a third or fourth-round pick is all it takes to acquire the talented Curry, then why not?

The Eagles have ten draft picks. The way they've been using their picks over these last two years, trading a couple for an immensely talented player makes sense.


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