In what might be the least surprising news of the last 20 years, defensive end Richard Seymour is apparently unhappy with the fact that he was traded to the Oakland Raiders by the New England Patriots. I guess heading from a perennial Super Bowl contender to Al Davis’ mad scientist-like experiment is about as attractive a prospect as you’d think.
The 29-year-old Seymour has spent his entire eight-year career with New England and has been the anchor of a defense that’s led the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler and a three-time First Team All-Pro selection (was second team All-Pro in 2006). And now with a year left on his contract (and a cap figure of $9.79 million), he’s been shipped off into irrelevance in Oakland. Awesome. It’s no wonder Seymour hasn’t reported to the Raiders yet.
I guess he doesn’t think playing for a stable, level-headed coach seems like a fun idea. Maybe working for an owner whose sanity can’t possibly be questioned wasn’t appealing. I guess he thinks JaMarcus Russell can’t be successful just because he’s 260 pounds and makes bone-headed throws.
Come on Richard, you’re not seeing things clearly! Didn’t you hear the Raiders drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall pick ahead of several far more accomplished receivers, then signed him to an over-slot five-year, $23.5 million contract all based on his 40 time? I mean you’re going to be on a defense with Michael Mitchell, a rookie safety out of Ohio University, taken with the 47th overall pick who most draft experts had never even heard of. I mean dude, they gave up a first round pick in 2011 to get you, a guy with one year left on his contract who probably won’t even be around then.
What’s not to like about heading into that situation?
In yet another interesting twist, the Boston Herald is reporting that a “financial hangup” between the Pats and Seymour is currently keeping the deal from becoming official.
Regardless of the financial issues surrounding it, this deal is just plain cold by the Patriots. With Seymour gone they’ve now dumped three key pieces from their championship runs in the last seven months: Mike Vrabel went to Kansas City as part of the Matt Cassel trade, Teddy Bruschi retired and Seymour is now in hell Oakland.
The Patriots are, frankly, doing the right thing. They’re dumping age for youth as a way to stay ahead of the curve. It’s not that these moves aren’t smart, they just seem, I don’t know, heartless maybe? I can’t really put a name to it.
When Randy Moss came to New England from Oakland, that was like a guy running from the darkness to the light. And he’s thrived in Foxboro. With Seymour going the other way it’s almost like being handed a letter that says “Congratulations, your career is over!”