Free Agent of Interest: Ronald Curry

The NFL Combine marks the unofficial start of draft season. Before shaping its future on April 25th, Seattle needs to fill holes in free agency. Applying the franchise tag to Leroy Hill consumes about nine million of Seattle's 17 million functional cap dollars. Tim Ruskell must resolve Hill's contract before targeting other free agents, but even after he does, the Seahawks are modest players in free agency and will target mostly mid-tier and bargain free agents. They're filling holes. The team would be best served by adding talent at defensive tackle and safety, but last season's rash of injuries will pique their interest at wide receiver as well.

Name: Ronald Curry

Birthdate: May 28, 1979.

Height/Weight: 6'2", 220

Position: Wide Receiver

College: Played quarterback at North Carolina

Pros: Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the7th round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

Pro Stats: Three seasons with 650+ yards, four seasons with 200 or fewer.

Pre-draft measurables:

Height: 6017

Weight: 220

40 Yrd Dash: 4.59

20 Yrd Dash: 2.66

10 Yrd Dash: 1.60

Vertical Jump: 35

Broad Jump: 09'07"

20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.11

3-Cone Drill: 7.06

My interest: Curry is undervalued, toiling for terrible Raiders teams, receiving for innumerable incapable quarterbacks in innumerable different systems, and at a constant risk of being benched. He finally did get benched in 2008, and presumably by current Seahawks offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. It's hard to pick out who is doing what in Oakland's black hole, but the player Curry was benched for, rookie small-school burner Chaz Schilens, is known for his downfield blocking. In an offense that approaches or exceeds a one to one run to pass ratio, that's no small beer. If it wasn't Knapp, but one of the many other head cases who had a hand in personnel decisions, it is possible Knapp knows and appreciates Curry and wants another shot at coaching him. Seattle seems committed to filling out its remaining #2 through #5 wide receiver positions by amassing talent and seeing who survives. It would make sense to add someone cheap that's actually done it. That's Curry.

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