UPDATE: The Free Press has several quotes from Curry on the trade:
"Actually, I’m very excited about that (trade), being that he’s going to be a perfect Sam linebacker,” Curry said in a phone interview. “Ernie Sims is going to be a great Will (weak-side linebacker) and I just have the opportunity to play the Mike. That Mike position is always a position that I always looked at at Wake Forest that I wanted to play but just never was allowed to really just play it 400 snaps (a season)."
Yeah, that's a tortured Otis Redding pun in the title.
Earlier today, PFT reported rumors that the Lions and Seahawks were in talks to swap Cory Redding for Julian Peterson . . . now Killer is reporting that it's nearly a done deal, and Fox is reporting that it IS a done deal.
The knee-jerk reaction is "Oh, I guess no Curry then." JP is a Sam 'backer, who happens to have a gift for pass rushing, much like Curry. Theoretically, they would play similar roles in the defense. However, IMO JP is more limited than Curry. Peterson was a hybrid DE/OLB at State, a bit of a 'tweener who wreaked havoc from either spot. However, he's played at the strong side mostly because of his size and speed; he's not that gifted in coverage. Curry, however, can roam the field like a safety. If the Lions are considering drafting Curry #1 overall, and having him center JP and Ernie . . . wow. The Lions would boast a devastatingly fast, strong, and athletic linebacker corps.
Moreover, the Lions would get out from underneath a rotten contract . . . Redding is still one of the highest-paid defensive tackles in the game, yet he's been barely more than a placeholder without an impact nose tackle next to him. I think we should expect big things from Andre Fluellen in 2009 (assuming the Lions don't draft a DT to start ahead of him). With their new free-weight training program and an emphasis on maxxing out size and power, I believe Andre Fluellen's athletcism will make him a force to be reckoned with--especially with Grady Jackson occupying two blockers on most downs.
It's sad to see one of the last pieces of What Might Have Been shipped off . . . but it again reinforces a few points:
1) Martin Mayhew is a Real Live NFL GM who has a plan and is executing it like a pro
2) Mayhew and Schwartz are on exactly the same page when it comes to how to build this team
3) They're going to do it by getting bigger, faster, and stronger on defense, right away
I'm all for it. Yes, yes, yes, today is a good day to be a Lions fan . . . and the blue flame burns a bit brighter yet.