Why Aaron Curry Will Face Uphill Battle to Make the New York Giants

Benjamin J. BlockCorrespondent IIMay 16, 2013

Newest New York Giant, linebacker Aaron Curry.
Newest New York Giant, linebacker Aaron Curry.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Injury and opportunity are the driving forces of the NFL, and as a victim of the former and blessed with the latter, linebacker Aaron Curry is a member of the New York Giants—for now.

Curry signed a one-year deal worth $780,000 to join Big Blue, according to Spotrac, as he looks to salvage being referred to as a bust.

Curry hasn't lived up to being picked fourth overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2009 draft, and the 27-year-old comes into Giants minicamp fresh off a knee injury that limited him to just two games with the Oakland Raiders in 2012.

The Wake Forest product was a can't-miss commodity five years ago, but according to Michael Eisen of Giants.com, the team's official website, as Giants general manager Jerry Reese now puts it, Curry is a "we'll see" addition.

He was the fourth pick in the draft a few years ago, so obviously we think he has some talent. We had him graded high back then. We’ll see what happens this spring with him.

He passed the physical for us and had a pretty good workout. We think we have a good opportunity for him here to see if he can reinvent himself a little bit and bring something to this linebacking corps.

There's a lot of "if's" surrounding the ex-Seahawk and ex-Raider, and joining an already overcrowded Giants linebacking core, while also trying to rebound from knee problems, far from guarantees Curry a spot when the team breaks camp. 

The Giants already have a linebacker who hasn't panned out to be what he was supposed to be—the ninth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Keith Rivers.  

Who's to say that there will be room for Curry on the final roster? He's already starting to garner the bust legacy.

Big Blue also brought in Dan Connor from the division rival Dallas Cowboys to compete for a starting job.

Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams are also starving to assert themselves, and the addition of a one-time fourth overall pick will only fuel that desire more.

While it's yet to be seen who will be the winner of this linebacker circus, the loser might be defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

Fewell showed an inability to draw up a variety of schemes last season, so what's he going to draw up when his six best linebackers are all average on a good day?

In the end, the Giants took a very low financial risk on Curry, but making the team's final roster will be one of the toughest obstacles he'll have to face—the comeback.