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Richard Seymour Traded to Raiders

The Patriots traded long-time defensive end Richard Seymour to the Raiders on Sunday for a 2011 first round draft choice.

Seymour, who has been plagued by injuries in recent years, is often seen as one of the staples of the Patriots three Super Bowl championship teams. He reportedly sought a contract extension from the Patriots, and was then told he was traded.

In a corresponding move, the Patriots will sign offensive guard Kendall Simmons, who will fill Seymour’s roster spot.

Analysis

First, getting a first round pick from a bad team like the Raiders is great value for Seymour, who will turn 30 in October. It’s interesting to note that it’s a 2011 draft choice, so the Raiders must think they’ll improve in the next two years, which is definitely possible with Jamarcus Russell, Darren McFadden, and now Richard Seymour. I know Bill Belichick doesn’t like signing rookies to huge contracts and will probably end up trading the pick, but it gives him great value for the future.

The move was probably made so the team can have more money to sign Vince Wilfork to a contract extension. When Belichick analyzed who was the more valuable defensive lineman, he chose Wilfork over Seymour.

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Discussion

4 comments for “Richard Seymour Traded to Raiders”

  1. You’re absolutely right on. The pick should be high (I don’t have much faith in the Raiders) and the Patriots don’t like high picks, so they should be able to flip that for a number of late first round and other later round picks to re-stockpile picks. However, it’s after the uncapped year as well, so there might be rookie caps in place anyway, so maybe a high pick won’t be as onerous then.

    Posted by Mike | September 6, 2009, 1:00 pm
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  3. The deal is good because there’s a good chance that 2011 will have a new collective bargaining agreement, which should include a policy on capping rookie pay. Thus, the high draft pick could be extremely valuable

    Posted by Jeff | September 6, 2009, 4:38 pm
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