Linebacker Aaron Curry, who has had a motley career since the Seattle Seahawks made him the fourth overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, tweeted Friday that he signed with the New York Giants.
Curry's original contract with the Seahawks, a six-year, $60 million deal that included $34 million guaranteed, reportedly the most guaranteed for a non-quarterback to that point in NFL history.
But the former Wake Forest star was less than impressive in Seattle and the Seahawks traded him to the Oakland Raiders in October of 2011 for a conditional pick in 2013. In November of last year, Curry was fined $23,625 for two misdeeds against the Baltimore Ravens. Four days later he was waived after spending all but two weeks on the physically unable to perform list.
Curry first arrived at the Giants camp on Wednesday and head coach Tom Coughlin admitted there was an interest in a morning press conference during Friday's rookie minicamp.
The Giants went into the draft needing a linebacker but failed to select one.
General manager Jerry Reese predicted that the position would still indeed be addressed.
"We're really not comfortable with any position, to be honest with you," Reese said after the draft. "We try to upgrade our positions until we get ready to play and that's a position we will look at just like other positions we'll look at."
It is not clear how Curry might fit in, but the projected starters are Keith Rivers on the strong side, Dan Connor in the middle, and Jacquian Williams on the weak side. The current depth includes Mark Herzlich (inside) and Spencer Paysinger (outside).
The Giants also have the option of moving defensive linemen Mathias Kiwanuka and Adrian Tracy back to linebacker, especially if someone from the young group that includes Justin Trattou, Adewale Ojomo, and third-round draft pick, college defensive end Damontre Moore, steps up this summer.
There is also the option of using sixth-round pick Taylor Cooper, a big-sized safety, as a pseudo linebacker in the team's three-safety package, a formation that defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has used a great deal of against pass-happy opponents.