The Raiders traded for LB Aaron Curry last year for a 7th rounder and even though Hue has moved on he'll be happy to know that that pick has not gone to waste. The Raiders inherited Curry's high dollar contract from the Seahawks and he was in a restructure or be cut situation. It appears that he's chosen restructure. Curry announced on his Twitter account that he restructured his contract because he was "born a Christfilled Raider." He added he wanted to be "living proof that God is a Raiders fan."
Has Curry extended his contract then? From memory this was his last year so I presume this means he has also extended his contract?
@nilbymouth But this is still his last year of contract, he had no extension
Really? Even more respect to the guy. Could mean he has a huge year and we loose him after the season though, but still what a great move by him.
@nilbymouth @Black_Nightmare Just read that Curry did in fact receive a 1 year extension (Levi updated it), and that the salary was then just divided out onto two years instead of on! He surely did take one for the team, gotta love his dedication and team spirit!
Huff, Seymore and Palmer all did restructures, which is great, but as it only meant for them to receive it all up front, it was in their own best interest as well as the teams - so they actually didn't part with anything like Curry did and Wimbley is asked to do!
@nilbymouth @Black_Nightmare Seems that Curry will try to establish himself, and if he does (hopefully he will) have a great year, Reggie will reward him for it! Othwerwise, as you say, there is always the franchise tag..
Had hoped for at least a 1 year extension though, but seems that this is not too bad afterall! And Curry seems determined to be a Raider going forward!
Now, let's have the last cuts and start seeing some signings instead!
Hopefully he will look to re-sign with us first and foremost if we does live up to his expectations and not go chasing the money elsewhere to the highest bidder (which I wouldn't blame him for either). He seems like the type of guy where the money isn't the be all and end all so hopefully he sees the Raiders has being his godsend to resurrecting his career.
@Harder2000 @nilbymouth I think this was the right move for the team, if he does improve and plays to his full potential, he's gonna be worthy of a long term contract before free agency starts next year. Many people has been expecting big things from Curry and now is the time to show he's capable of fulfilling those expectations.
... But i had hoped for an extension though! Think he can really excell nex year, and i don't want to lose him after a solid year!
@nilbymouth Nope, Curry actually took a big hit for the team. He transformed a lot of his base salary into incentives, so he could regain all of it but only if he plays good enough.
@JarrodRollins I hope he stops praying in public that much, he's starting to remind me of a certain Broncos QB. God surely has to do a lot of more important things than football. That said, Dear God, please make this defense to play much better this season!
I don't think Wimbley being cut (if he does) will be any real great loss. I don't see why Trevor Scott can't do the same job pass rushing when he is given the chance.
@nilbymouth @dondiraider Scott cant do what Wimbley can. Wimbley plays SLB on 1st & 2nd down and then moves to DE on obvious passing downs. Scott plays soft for a 250lber and is a total liability against the run . He just cant hold the point of attack like Wimbley can. No way in the world is he gonna contribute 51 solo's like Wimbley does. I know Wimbley is overpaid but I think this team needs him.
@Harder2000 @DevonRaiderUK @nilbymouth Still holding out for Wimbley....heres the deal not only on Scott but a lot of players....evryones learning curve is different. Some come into the league and kill it while other take a few years....For Scott, his improvement was going along but got injured and we know that an injury like his takes TWO years to fully recover PHYSICALLY but then the mental part has to be addressed....I would like to see what AD has in mind for him on his D especially since there are not a whole lot of GREAT FA LB options this year and we need to stockpile if we are going to play more 3-4.
@DevonRaiderUK @nilbymouth @dondiraider Personally i'm seeing potential - he is too small to play DE, too slow and un-fluid to play OLB in the 4-3, but he is (supposed to be) better suited as a 3-4 OLB where he can use his rushing skills..
As i mentioned, right now i don't see him being a starter, but imo he is an inexpensive back-up who can contribute situationally and rotationally, add depth and perhaps develop to something better when playing a different scheme!
It is all about potential, and from when he was healthy, you can tell he has a lot of it, and coming in rushing while in speed he is actually very good (always stands out in drills)!
Problem as i see it, is that he is not really build to fit the 4-3 as he is a tweener in the worst of ways, but he is still a ball player with potential, and a scheme change will probably help him out quite a bit i would think!
@Harder2000 @nilbymouth @dondiraider You guys must see something in Scott I dont. He's a 3rd down speed rusher at best but just disappears when somebody gets a hand on him. If he was consistently bringing the heat from the outside I'd say play him, but it's just not the case. At OLB he's done nothing either. He may be cheap but that's about it.
@nilbymouth @DevonRaiderUK @dondiraider I like Wimbley and what he brings to the table - especially with his versatility in a transition timer for our defense! Alse, Allen will definately be able to use his abilities to create some havoc! Heard several reports stating that he was league leader in hurries, and if that is true, he definately did what he was supposed to do!
Neither Wimbley or Scott is great against the run, but Wimbley has shown more than Scott due to the injury! Also, i really think Wimbley is a better prospect and player with greater upside and versatility than Scott, why i would definately prefer to retain him! ... But only for the right price!
Scott was great as a situational rusher before he was injured, and having a year to rebound usually means that he will be back on full power in the next season! He has great potential, and although he seems too small and weak to play hand down (only has his speed move, and they seemed to catch on quickly), he makes for a great rushing OLB in a 3-4 imo - he always seems to be good one on one when rushing standing up, and being completely healthy (also mentally ready) could improve his outings greatly! He is no doubt cheap, and he would offer a great rotational LB at the least, so he is definately a player i personally would like to see resigned!
Is Scott a starter? Potentially, but i am not sold as of yet, so i would prefer to sign him as situational, rotational and competition, then if he actually outperforms another OLB and proves he should start, then welcome to the 11 Scott! Otherwise he can definately be a valuable contributer as a back up imo!
I would hardly say Wimbley was great against the run though. Good but not great. I think these few injuries affected Scott's confidence a bit, but I think with the right coaching and scheming Scott can be a quality situational pass rusher who could put up similar sack numbers to Wimbley and will be a fraction of the cost.