The New York Giants didn’t draft a linebacker in last month’s draft but they are still searching for depth at the position as they are set to bring former 2009 first round pick Aaron Curry for a visit this Thursday. Curry last played with the Oakland Raiders last season but only appeared in two games before being waived in November.
Curry had a knee injury last season but should be fully recovered now. Originally the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, Curry has been dealing with the bust label ever since recording 203 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 48 games.
The Giants are not looking for Curry to suddenly live up to the hype that made him the fourth pick in the draft. However, Curry could add depth to a position the Giants need it in while coming on the cheap as Curry tries to reestablish his value. If Curry has anything left in the tank the Giants could add a veteran linebacker who can come off the bench and help contribute. Prior to last season Curry had appeared in 16 games in 2011 and 2010 so his health is not an ongoing issue. Instead, it has been Curry’s production that has been the disappointment.
There is no risk here in bringing in Curry to see what he has left. At this point Curry won’t be getting a guaranteed contract from an NFL team so if he turns out to be unproductive in camp the Giants could cut him and find someone else to add depth.
Even if the Giants do sign Curry I would expect at least one more veteran added to the linebacker competition prior to off-season workouts beginning. For now, you can scratch Karlos Dansby off the list and expect more players like Curry who are trying to reestablish their value and continue their NFL careers to be the focal point of Jerry Reese’s search.