Aaron Curry: Cleveland Browns Pass on Another Quality Player

Chuck StanecContributor IIIOctober 13, 2011

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 02:  Linebacker Aaron Curry #59 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after a play against the Atlanta Falcons at CenturyLink Field on October 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Falcons defeated the Seahawks 30-28. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With all the throwing Colt McCoy has been doing this season, it’s no wonder the Cleveland Browns passed on former Seattle Seahawks linebacker—now with the Oakland RaidersAaron Curry.

We learned of the trade late last night. It was confirmed shortly after that Curry, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, was pawned for a 2012 seventh-round selection and conditional 2013 pick that could be as high as a fourth rounder.

What should not surprise Browns fans is the front office’s refusal to jump on a good opportunity. With all the right things they have done, they have also taken some egregious missteps.

First, they felt it was a good idea to go into this season with Brian Robiskie on the roster, while the likes of Malcom Floyd were available. Secondly, they allowed a tremendous talent and leader in Darren Sharper to walk the streets. Meanwhile, Usama Young is whiffing on tight ends from Tennessee and permitting them to walk easily into the end zone—at home—to cap off an 80-yard touchdown pass. 

Third, they have yet to add an athletic linebacker that can play sideline to sideline, which is the same issue that previous regime’s have failed on. Might I remind you that the Browns passed on Rey Maualuga, Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing, but did draft David Veikune?

Too soon?

Until the Browns figure out that they need to upgrade their linebacking corps, they will continue to be mediocre against the run and will fail miserably to reach the quarterback when they blitz (see Tennessee game).

When is enough going to be enough?