For the record, the Beginning of the end happened earlier this season when his contract was restructured.
So, that’s it then. Guy gets drafted 4th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, highly touted as one of the most freakishly athletic linebackers in all of college football … now he’s reduced to 2nd string status behind K.J. Wright of all people. Not that I have anything against K.J. Wright, but REALLY? Damn.
This isn’t a move I wanted to put in the Worst Trades, Draft Picks, & Free Agent Signings list, but it’s looking more and more like I won’t have any other choice. Mark Sanchez may not be the best quarterback alive, but hardly a soul would consider him an out-and-out bust. B.J. Raji – Green Bay’s 9th overall selection – has been a force to be reckoned with; how would he look next to Brandon Mebane? Brian Orakpo (DE for the Redskins at #13) and Brian Cushing (LB for the Texans at #15) have both made the Pro Bowl. Josh Freeman would look mighty nice running for his life behind our offensive line right now. Percy Harvin would likely be the slot receiver we’ve been missing since Bobby Engram was let go. And Clay Matthews would CERTAINLY be the pick of the litter out of all these guys; he also went to the Packers in the first round (guess that whole Super Bowl victory makes a little more sense now, doesn’t it?).
Anyway, I could go on and on about the players we COULD have had, but the fact remains is the player we DO have is Aaron Curry, and he’s being supplanted by a 4th round draft pick. Which just goes to prove one thing: Picking linebacker in the top 5 or 10 is a useless and futile enterprise. You can get a guy JUST as good, or even better, much lower in the draft and not waste the money or the frustration.
I’ve got nothing else to say. Just a shitty situation all around.