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Saturday, June 19, 2010
Seymour finally does the inevitable

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Oakland Raiders’ offseason program is over, so Richard Seymour decided it was time to sign his franchise tender. The signing means Seymour will make almost $12.4 million this season. As if there was a chance that Seymour would bypass that type of cash.

Seymour stayed away from Oakland’s offseason program (and mandatory minicamp) because he was unsigned. Now, he’s expected to be on time for training camp in late July.

That’s all that really matters. Seymour will show up when it counts. The Raiders can live with that.

Oakland didn’t give up its No. l pick next year to New England for Seymour to peak in June. The Raiders want Seymour to produce during the season and he will be there.

Next up is a long-term contract. I fully expect the Raiders and Seymour to eventually come to an accord. Oakland coach Tom Cable indicated a long-term deal was near on the first day of minicamp on April 30 and that he could appear at the minicamp that weekend. That, of course, never materialized.

But Oakland will not let Seymour go because the cost of what it took to get him and Seymour likely won’t get paid better by anyone else in the league. Al Davis loves giving his own players record deals. Seymour will remain a Raider. It’s just a matter of when the deal is agreed upon.

Now, Seymour has focused on being the impact player Oakland acquired him to be. Seymour, who’ll turn 31 in October, was uneven in his first season with the Raiders. He showed flashes of dominance, but he had just four sacks (after having two in the season opener) and he failed to be the difference maker Oakland wanted him to be.

He is still an above-average player; although he likely isn’t worth the money he will be paid. Still, he will help this defense as the Raiders try to turn around their fortunes after seven straight losing seasons.