When you get released during the first round of NFL preseason cuts, your decision to retire or keep playing has usually just been made for you. Even if you were once the fourth pick of the draft.
If you can't survive the cutdown to 75 players, your chances of making a final 53-man roster in the future aren't great. It can happen, of course, but the odds are long.
That made Aaron Curry's retirement announcement a couple days after the Giants cut him a little funny.
Curry, an enormous draft bust who was traded for almost nothing by Seattle, couldn't stick with the woebegone Raiders and didn't last on the Giants through the fourth preseason game, announced on Twitter that he is retiring. Just in case some other team was interested in giving him another shot (here's a hint: that wasn't happening).
Here's what Curry wrote on Twitter:
"After a lot of prayer. Consulting with God. The best thing for my family and myself is to retire from the @nfl. I enjoyed it #DeliveredDefender"
Considering the Raiders cut him last year and the Giants thought he had no chance of making their 53-man roster, Curry probably wasn't going to get another NFL call anyway. Although he won't get as much publicity as some highly-drafted quarterbacks who couldn't make it in the NFL, Curry should go down as one of the all-time draft busts.
He was the fourth pick out of Wake Forest in 2009, and it was hard to find anyone that didn't think he would be a productive NFL linebacker. He seemingly had all the tools. He was the highest linebacker drafted since LaVar Arrington in 2000. He was given $34 million guaranteed on a $60 million rookie deal (ah, the good old days of the crazy rookie pay scale). No wonder he can retire at 27.
But after an up-and-down first two seasons in Seattle, he started just 11 more games over his final three NFL seasons. Curry admitted to the New York Times that he was "selfish and self-centered" early in his career.
“I knew I could do it,” Curry told the New York Times. “I knew I would do it. At the time, I wasn’t motivated to do it. Football wasn’t my top priority, to be honest.”
Football won't be a priority at all for Curry anymore. At 27, the former fourth pick of the draft is done with football.