“It was a conversation from the moment I was drafted to when the negotiations started,” Curry said. “I told them that I could only (holdout) for so long. This is the game I was born to do and I love doing.
“I just couldn’t stay away from the team for so long.”
As much as his teammates and coaches might have missed Curry, he missed them even more.
He stayed in touch with the camp happenings by chatting with fellow rookies Deon Butler and Courtney Greene, and had tutorial talks with middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu to keep up on what was happening with the defense.
“I didn’t feel too much apart, I just knew I wasn’t there,” Curry said.
Curry, who had been at his home in Bellevue the past two weeks, even admitted that he thought about trying to steal a peek at practice.
“It popped in my head a few times,” he said. “I wondered if I could get to the corner of the building and just look out. But I knew because of security and stuff it was going to be tough.”
Tough also is the word Curry, the fourth pick overall in April’s NFL draft, used to describe sitting and waiting while his deal was being worked out.
“It was very tough, not being able to come out and participate and do what I love doing,” he said. “Knowing that I could be out here and I should be out here, it was a long week. But it was just the business part of the game that I think everybody understands.”