Answering your questions on Seymour

Updated: September 11, 2009, 6:22 PM ET
By Adam Schefter

Adam will be answering reader questions all the time as a part of this blog, so if you have a question of your own drop it in the mailbag.

We'll lead it off with a handful of questions today -- a couple on the big story -- with some other notes below.

Q: How can the Seymour trade be finalized when the Raiders have not been able to give him a physical yet? If he refuses to report to the Raiders wont they get their draft pick back? -- Sam (California)

A: It depends on the terms of the trade. There is a clause in there that says Seymour must report and pass a physical, and that always could be a way out. If he fails, he would go back to being Pats property. But he was healthy all summer, played for the Pats, and barring some shady circumstances, I'm guessing Seymour would pass the physical. If he doesn't, we've got some figuring out to do ... But let's not even go there. This is complicated enough as it is.

Q: If Seymour refuses to report to the Raiders, whose problem is it? If the league has approved of the trade, which by all indications they have does that mean the Raiders are on the hook or can the league step in and reverse the trade? -- Marc Landry (Toronto, Ontario)

A: Again, to the best of my understanding, the terms of the trade say Seymour must report and pass a physical. But each year, the league passes out the Player Personnel Guidelines to the team, and in there, it says trades are binding. The belief -- and I emphasize the word belief -- is that the Player Personnel Guidelines supersede the terms of the trade. If they didn't, what would stop any player from declining to report to any team he was traded to? As an example, let's just say Braylon Edwards was traded to the Miami Dolphins and he didn't want to go. If Seymour was allowed not to report, then each player would have a built-in no-trade clause, and that's something the league doesn't want.

Q: My Browns had a horrible offseason. We had a terrible draft, as the only picks I liked were Brian Robiskie and James Davis, and our defense can't stop the run or cover the pass. I'm a 36-year-old diehard Browns fan, but I'm preparing for a long season of between 12 and 14 losses. Am I right or is there a silver lining somewhere for my beloved Browns that I can't see?-- Melvin Davis (Cleveland, OH

A: The silver lining is your team has two good quarterbacks and some good young offensive linemen. The silver lining is that LeBron James still has at least one more year left in Cleveland. The silver lining is that your stadium is very nice. The silver lining is that Cleveland is a nice city and the people there are great. But I'm not going to offer you too many silver linings about the way this season is going to go for the Browns. Just can't do that.

Q: If Crabtree sits the entire season without a contract what options does he have for 2010? How long do the 49ers own his rights and how can he expect to move on from this without severely damaging his NFL value after sitting out a year (ala Mike Williams)? --Chris (Dallas, TX)

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