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Oakland Raiders Cut NFL Draft Bust Aaron Curry

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:   Linebacker Aaron Curry #51 of the Oakland Raiders reacts in the first quarter as he holds the football while taking on the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

After playing in part of just two games this season, the Oakland Raiders released linebacker Aaron Curry on Tuesday, according to the team's official Twitter feed:

 

The Oakland Raiders have waived LB Aaron Curry.

— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) November 20, 2012

 

Curry also confirmed the move on Twitter and seemed relatively optimistic for a guy hitting the unemployment line:

 

No longer a raider! On to my next venture! Expanding Gods territory

— Aaron Curry (@AaronCurry51) November 20, 2012

 

The release finishes what can only be considered a disappointing tenure for the linebacker in Oakland. Curry was traded to the Raiders last season for a seventh-round pick and registered just 46 tackles and no sacks in 11 games in 2011.

This season, meanwhile, was marred by injuries. Curry suffered a knee injury in training camp and the injury lingered well into the 2012 season, where he was placed on the physically unable to perform list until recently. 

Though he was activated on Nov. 6 by the team, it was apparent that he was not physically capable of performing up to the Raiders' expectations. In two games, Curry registered just one tackle and was not a factor in Oakland's 38-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints last week.

While this move ultimately won't affect Oakland's porous defense much, we may be seeing the end of the line for Curry. Widely regarded as the best defensive prospect in the 2009 NFL draft, Curry was selected No. 4 overall by the Seattle Seahawks and given a six-year, $60 million ($34 million guaranteed) contract.

Unfortunately, he has been unable to live up to the lofty billing. The explosive burst blitzing off the edge and other-worldly physical tools never manifested themselves at the pro level, and he's become considered a massive bust by most. 

Though it's possible he'll get another chance, shedding that unfortunate label isn't looking likely after being cut by Oakland. 

 

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