Aaron Curry is hoping to resurrect his career with the New York Giants.

And the linebacker says he will do so without the pressure of trying to live up to being the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft.

Curry says that pressure overwhelmed him in Seattle.

“It was a burden early on in my career,” Curry told Giants.com. “It was a stress to me. I definitely felt a lot of pressure and I think the biggest mistake I made was I didn’t accept the pressure as a positive influence. I kind of saw it as a negative influence.

“Instead of accepting the role, I kind of wanted to be my own person,” he continued. “I didn’t want to be seen as just the fourth pick in the draft. I wanted to be seen as Aaron Curry. Early on, I focused a lot on my own individual success versus doing what it took to help the team be successful.”

His individual success wasn’t what anybody thought it would be coming into the league out of Wake Forest as the Butkus Award winner. He had 5.5 sacks in his first two seasons for the Seahawks but hasn’t had a sack since 2010. After three seasons in Seattle, Curry was traded to Oakland where he lasted less than two seasons before being waived.

Curry had knee issues that slowed him down and now he says he’s healthy and ready to reach the vast potential that the Giants thought he had coming out of Wake Forest.

“The knee is great,” Curry said. “I went from struggling with stairs to being able to come here and go through a full workout.”

The Giants want Curry to lose about 10 pounds and they believe he can help at either the SAM or middle linebacker positions. They currently have Jacquian Williams, Dan Connor, Keith Rivers, Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger at linebacker. Mathias Kiwanuka may continue in his hybrid linebacker/defensive end role but the Giants will need somebody to fill Osi Umenyiora’s role as the third defensive end and Kiwanuka seems like the most logical choice.