The New York Giants off-season plan in free agency has been low risk, high reward signings. The Giants made another one of those moves today. The team signed free-agent linebacker Aaron Curry to a one-year contract. Curry tried out last week, and the team decided to give him a deal today.
Curry will join the competition at the SAM outside linebacker position, as well as for middle linebacker. Jacquian Williams will probably be the starter on one side, but the other side is totally up for grabs. Keith Rivers was brought back and Spencer Paysinger will compete for a spot. Dan Connor and Mark Herzlich are in competition for the middle linebacker spot.
Curry played in two games last season for the Oakland Raiders before being injured and then released. He was fourth overall pick in 2009. Here’s Jerry Reese’s thoughts on the signing:
“We think we have a good opportunity for him to see if he can re-invent himself a little bit and bring something to our linebacking corps. If he didn’t work out well for us, we wouldn’t be fooling around with this.”
The Giants hope that Curry can be like what Rivers was last year (when healthy). Sometimes former number one picks just need another chance to play in a different system and with a different organization.
The Giants need help at linebacker and are up against the cap. Signings like Curry when you don’t draft a linebacker are exactly what you need to do in the position the Giants are in. Now let’s see if it works.