The Patriots had plenty of positives to take from yesterday’s victory in Oakland against the Raiders, but one big negative that came out of the game was an injury to team and defensive captain Jerod Mayo. The struggling defense could ill afford to lose its leader and one of its most athletic players, but it’s going to have to do just that. Mayo reportedly has a sprained MCL and Bill Belichick would give no timetable on his return to action.
Aside from losing one its best players, the linebacking corps depth obviously takes a big hit with Mayo out. However, help could be one trade away.
The Seattle Seahawks are listening to trade offers for former first-round pick, LB Aaron Curry. Curry, the fourth overall pick in 2009, has loads of athletic ability and potential, but things just haven’t clicked in Seattle. He hasn’t been terrible by any means, especially if you compare him to the linebackers on the Patriots’ roster, but he hasn’t lived up to his “fourth overall” stature.
There are a few factors working in the Patriots’ favor in this potential deal. First, Bill Belichick should be able to utilize Curry’s ability, and the guy certainly has some to take advantage of. Second, Curry restructured his rookie contract, making it much more palatable for a team to trade for him, so cap room isn’t an issue. Lastly, the switch to the 4-3 defense makes Curry’s transition much easier because that’s what he’s been playing in Seattle. There are differences, of course, but at least he wouldn’t have to switch to the 3-4.
There’s no magic bullet to fix what ails the defense, but the Patriots won’t be hurting themselves if they make this deal. There’s not much risk and a huge reward if Curry taps the talent that made him the fourth overall pick. Certainly less risk/more reward than trading fro Albert Haynesworth or Chad Ochocinco.