Defense-needy Raiders cut Aaron Curry

What does it say about a starting linebacker who was cut from a team that has allowed 135 points in the past three games?

That’s up to Aaron Curry to explain.

In a mild surprise, the Oakland Raiders cut the linebacker Tuesday. Curry has been active the past two games after spending most of the season on the physically unable to perform list with knee issues.

He didn’t make much of an impact, although he did rack up more than $23,000 in fines in his first game back, against Baltimore, in Week 10.

Oakland still owes Seattle a fifth-round pick in 2013. It gave the Seahawks a seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft for Curry. The trade was made by former Oakland coach Hue Jackson last October. The Raiders acquired Curry, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2009 draft, with the hopes of igniting his career.

Curry was an enthusiastic player and he made some plays for Oakland last year. But he was inconsistent and often plays out of control. The new staff never appeared enamored with Curry.

Rookie Miles Burris has been a solid starter, so instead of hoping Curry can be a difference-maker on a weak defense, the Raiders decided to cut their losses and move on.