Aaron Curry Trade: Did Oakland Raiders or Seattle Seahawks Get Better Deal?

When reports surfaced earlier today that Seattle Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry was not at practice today and that his locker had been cleaned out, it seemed just a matter of time before a trade was announced.

And indeed that is the case, with the 2009 first-round draft pick headed to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a seventh round 2012 draft pick and a conditional middle round pick in 2013.

The Seahawks made it clear they were open to trading Curry, after he failed to meet the expectations the team had for him when choosing him with the fourth overall pick in 2009. So far this season, he has racked up just 22 total tackles, with 156 in his career, 5.5 total sacks and four forced fumbles.

Certainly, this was not the production the Seahawks were hoping for when drafting Curry, and they moved him to Oakland for significant value.

The Raiders have a history of picking up former busts in an attempt to resurrect their careers, and if they can do so with Curry, the team certainly got a good deal.

While the two picks aren't from a low round, more draft picks are more draft picks, and the Seahawks can certainly use all the new faces they can get.

And the picks couldn't have been low-round anyway. The Raiders are already without second, third and fourth round picks in 2012, and now they've given up their seventh rounder to acquire Curry.

Considering how many picks they've already lost as a result of trades, it's surprising they'd be willing to give up another one on a player who isn't likely to start any time soon. Yes, the team will be receiving end-of-round compensatory picks for Nnamdi Asomugha, Robert Gallery and Zach Miller, with said picks coming between the third and seventh rounds.

But those picks, and the number of them, rely on what the three players have accomplished with their new teams, so the Raiders' situation in the 2012 Draft, whatever it may end up being, isn't in t...

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