July 30, 2012; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders linebacker Kaelin Burnett (57) during training camp at the Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Raiders Replace Aaron Curry With Undrafted Kaelin Burnett

Aaron Curry’s career hasn’t at all gone according to plan. Coming out of Wake Forest many considered Curry to be the top prospect in the ’09 draft. He went fourth overall and in four seasons is now out of the NFL with the Raiders having recently released the former Seahawk.

Adding insult to injury the Raiders chose not to sign a veteran linebacker to take Curry’s place on the active roster.  Instead undrafted rookie Kaelin Burnett has been promoted from the practice squad to take Curry’s place.

Burnett was signed due to his potential to play multiple positions in what was supposed to be a reinvented Raiders defense. The Nevada-Reno alum wasn’t overly impressive in the preseason but he did play well enough that the coaches wanted to keep him close.

Curry being replaced by a practice squader is shocking only relative to his high draft stock. Overall there won’t be any difference for the Raiders who were pretty much Curry-less even when he was healthy.

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