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Seymour trade hurts value of Patriots' defense

Updated: September 6, 2009, 2:03 PM ET
By Christopher Harris

We wake up Sunday morning exhilarated after a busy Saturday cut-down day in the NFL, only to discover that a future Hall of Famer has been traded. That doesn't usually happen, especially not when the guy is only 29 years old. But that's what happened: the Patriots traded the cornerstone of their defense, defensive lineman Richard Seymour, to the Raiders for Oakland's first-round pick in 2011. That's 2011, folks. Not 2010.

Now, I suppose I can see arguments for why New England ...

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