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Defensive lineman Richard Seymour now has five days to report to his new team, the Oakland Raiders. Seymour has failed to report to the team since being traded from the Patriots to the Raiders last Sunday. The Patriots received a 2011 first round pick as compensation.
Seymour was sent the “five-day letter,” which means he must report within five days, or face league suspension. If Seymour fails to report, he will be suspended for the year, lose his entire $3.685 million salary, and lose the opportunity to seek free agency in the 2010 offseason.
Assuming Seymour doesn’t report, the Raiders would retain his rights in 2010 at his 2009 salary ($3.685 million), and the Patriots would keep Oakland’s 2011 first round pick, also known as highway robbery.
Oh, by the way, Oakland’s first game is Monday night against the Chargers.
My guess is that Seymour is looking to negotiate a contract extension with the Raiders, or his agent is doing what he can to work out a sign-and-trade with a team in contention. It’s unlikely that any other team in the NFL would give up a potentially high first round pick, however. He also could possibly retire, which would be a shock, given that he’s only 29 and has millions of dollars awaiting him.
Play out the season. Play hard, play well, and play like you’re playing for a contract…because you are. After Seymour has a solid season with the Raiders, the Redskins or Cowboys or any other potential contender will be calling, ready to sign him to a big payday.