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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.
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.