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Aaron Curry Trade Shows That Raiders Are Real Contenders in AFC West

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIOctober 12, 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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Linebacker Aaron Curry looks to be making a trip down south from Seattle to Oakland.

Wednesday, October 12 at 4:10 p.m. EDT

Jay Glazer was one of several sources to report that the Seahawks and Raiders agreed to a trade to send Curry to Oakland.

As of now, the picks are undisclosed. Still, this does show that Curry has fallen a bit since he was drafted. Curry was selected fourth overall in 2009 and is now being traded for picks likely to be significantly below that.

Wednesday, October 12 at 4:24 p.m. EDT

Adam Schefter pointed out that the Raiders don't necessarily have much to lose by making this deal.

Curry's not the sexiest name in the world, but the Raiders have defensive issues that he can do well to fix. He's good enough to make an improvement on a defense that needs help.

This division will be decided in the two games between the Raiders and Chargers. If the Raiders can't find a way to defend better, they are going to have a hard time beating the Chargers.

I know they beat the Chargers twice last year despite big games from Philip Rivers, but that's not something that can happen a lot.

Wednesday, October 12 at 4:46 p.m. EDT

Jason La Canfora shed more light on what the Raiders are giving up in this move.

This is a high reward, low risk move for the Raiders to make.

I still think the Chargers are a better team, but this trade shows that the Raiders are in it to win it this year.

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