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Sunday, September 6, 2009
Matt Williamson pans Raiders' trade



Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


The early word I was hearing around the league is that the many people thought the Raiders did not make a good trade for the long-term when they acquired standout defensive lineman Richard Seymour from New England on Sunday.

So, I went to Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. Williamson (no relation) is a top-notch talent evaluator who doesn’t pull punches. He’ll tell you what he feels. I’m still waiting for him to be wrong on an opinion.

That could be ominous for Oakland.

“I think it was highway robbery,” Williamson said. “I don’t get it from the Raiders standpoint. I don’t get it at all.”

Oakland gave up its top pick in 2011 for Seymour. That was the problem for Williamson. He said at this point, Seymour was worth a second-round pick, especially considering he is a free agent after this season.

Here is more of what Williamson had to say: “That could be the No. 1 pick in the 2011. The Raiders are a bad team and they will be a bad team next year. This will, at least, be a top-five pick. They could have gotten the best defensive lineman in that draft and he would be 22 years old. Seymour will be done by then. Seymour will be long gone by the time the Raiders are a good team. They are not one player away, not with all of their problems. This is a move a Super Bowl team makes, not the Raiders. Yes, he’s still a good player, but he’s not a great player anymore and he has an injury history. I don’t like it."