Former first-round pick Curry announces retirement

Just three days after being cut by the New York Giants, veteran linebacker Aaron Curry announced his retirement from the NFL.

Curry, selected by Seattle with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft, made the announcement via his Twitter account on Wednesday.

"After a lot of prayer. Consulting with God. The best thing for my family and myself is to retire from the @nfl. I enjoyed it #DeliveredDefender," Curry wrote.

The 27-year-old Curry started 30 games over his first two-plus seasons with the Seahawks, compiling 156 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and nine passes defensed.

Curry was shipped to the Raiders in October of 2011 and made 46 tackles over Oakland's final 11 games of the season, but spent the first eight games of the 2012 campaign on the physically unable to perform list with sore knees and appeared in just two games before being released.

The Wake Forest University product caught on with the Giants during the offseason, but was cut by the team on Sunday ahead of the deadline to reduce rosters to 75 players.