A recap of the day’s activities:
Aaron Curry. The Seahawks’ 2009 season ended without their first-round draft choice being on the field, because the rookie linebacker got a stinger in the third-to-last game and missed the final two.
But the fourth pick overall in last year’s draft remains a big part of the defense becoming more aggressive. That was the word from coach Jim Mora today during his season-ending Q&A session with reporters.
“We’re going to try to expand his role a little bit,” Mora said of Curry, who will live in the area during the offseason and be at the complex daily studying video and working out. “We feel like Aaron has the capabilities to be a real impact player, so we need to continue to find ways to utilize that.
“We have a lot of plans for Aaron Curry to get him position to make more plays. I’m excited about those plans. I’m excited about moving forward with him.”
Curry finished with 60 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and six passes defensed in 14 games.
“Aaron did some things really well, and there are some things he needs to improve on,” Mora said. “He hit a period of inconsistency about two-thirds of the way through the season, and then I felt like he sprung out of that and then he got hurt.
“I felt like, ‘OK. Hey. You know what? Here he comes again. We’re going to get the good finishing stretch out of him.’ Then he got hurt.”
Despite an injury-filled season, only three players currently are scheduled for postseason surgeries: Defensive end Patrick Kerney (elbow), strong safety Deon Grant (wrist) and wide receiver Mike Hass (shoulder).
“That’s good for our future and our offseason plans,” Mora said.
Three others already had surgery: Middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu (pectoral), linebacker Leroy Hill (groin) and left tackle Walter Jones (knee).
Hill returned after missing five games and Tatupu continues his rehab after sitting out the final 10 games. Mora said the club needs to make a determination on Jones’ future by February or March.
“It’s not something that we can just carry on forever,” Mora said. “As great a player as he is, this organization has an obligation to continue to move forward. If he’s a part of the plan, fantastic. If he’s not, we’ll just treasure the great moments that he had on the football field.
“But he’ll give us great indicators where he is. He’s a very honest man.”
Monday, when the players were cleaning out their lockers, Jones said, “It’s going to be the organization’s decision, no matter what – if I still can go out there and perform at a high level. I understand the whole thing about my age (he turns 36 this month) and what I’m coming back from. All I can do is prepare, and do everything I can to get back on the football field.”
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Punter Jon Ryan, Seahawks.com’s choice as the best player on the team in the 2009 season, has been signed to a multiyear contract.
Six players who ended the season on the practice squad have been signed to futures contracts – wide receivers Patrick Carter and Mike Jones, linebacker Anthony Heygood, running back Xavier Omon, tight end Jason Pociask and cornerback DeAngelo Willingham.
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“Every evaluation starts right here.” – Mora, placing both hands on his chest as he talked about the postseason appraisal process that is now underway