Bum knees kept Aaron Curry from all but the two most recent Raiders games this year, and news broke on Twitter that they are likely to be his last with Oakland. The Raiders waived the former first-round draft pick on Tuesday morning.
Curry tweeted Tuesday: "No longer a raider! On to my next venture!"
No longer a raider! On to my next venture! Expanding Gods territory Aaron Curry (@AaronCurry51) November 20, 2012
Shortly after, the team confirmed the news, tweeting, "The Oakland Raiders have waived LB Aaron Curry."
Curry followed up saying: "Yes I will miss the BlackHole and all of RaiderNation! It's been an amazing time in the Bay!"
Yes I will miss the BlackHole and all of RaiderNation! It's been an amazing time in the Bay!packs box Aaron Curry (@AaronCurry51) November 20, 2012
Curry and his knees were placed on the PUP list at the start of training camp, but the fourth overall from 2009 was able to resume practice on Oct. 17. The team needed to activate him prior to their Nov. 11 game against the Ravens or Curry wouldn't have been able to play for Oakland this season.
Curry, 26, recorded one tackle and one stuff for the Raiders this season. He compiled 46 tackles, three passes defended and two fumble recoveries for the Raiders in 11 games last season after he was acquired for a seventh-round pick in 2012 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2013.
Curry received stem-cell treatments on both knees earlier this year and said the therapy was "the only thing helping him recover." Still, Curry believes he can still be an effective linebacker.
The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.
They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.
Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.
“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”
While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.
The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.
“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.
"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”
Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.
Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.
Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.
“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”
Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.
“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”