Aaron Curry, a former Wake Forest All-American, signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants on Friday after being released by the Oakland Raiders in November of last year.
The former No. 4 pick played three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and one season with the Raiders before being released. The outside linebacker recorded 203 tackles and 5.5 sacks until his career was derailed by a lingering knee injury.
Giants GM Jerry Reese acknowledged to ESPN.com that the knee issues are serious:
"I think that is part of the problem; he has had some knee injuries that have hampered him a little bit."
However, the 27-year-old Curry should see significant time because of the Giants lack of consistent linebacker play. A four-year starter with the Demon Deacons, Curry is fighting with Keith Rivers for the starting job.
Reese feels optimistic about what the Fayetteville, North Carolina native can bring to the table, telling ESPN.com:
"We think we have a good opportunity for him to see if he can re-invent himself a little bit and bring something to our linebacking corps. If he didn't work out well for us, we wouldn't be fooling around with this."
Curry has all the physical tools to become a solid contributor. If he can stay healthy, he should thrive in the Meadowlands in 2013.