The on-going inside trading between the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots has finally benefited the Silver and Black.
According to reports, the Raiders have acquired 5-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour from the Pats in exchange for a first round pick.
Some have already begun to speculate that Seymour will return to his original position of defensive tackle in the Raiders’ 4-3 scheme after having played the last few years as an end in the 3-4 alignment in New England.
Not willing to sit back and watch his team continue to struggle against the run, Al Davis has made a bold move to upgrade his front four by adding the versatile Seymour. As a short term solution this is a great move to gain a veteran player with a winning pedigree. Looking further down the road, Seymour wasn’t dealt simply because Bill Belichick felt like he owed the Raiders for the wonderful gift of Randy Moss. Seymour is in a contract year and much like the former Raider he crossed paths with in New England, Derrick Burgess, he’ll be due a new deal at season’s end.
Perhaps the price tag was too high for the veteran defender, but staying pat with the same defensive line that couldn’t stop Steven Hawkin from running on them would have been disastrous at best. Give Mr. Davis credit. He doesn’t believe in playing it safe. It is all or nothing for the OG.
On a side note, the Pats and Raiders would be advised to back away from the table for awhile. Roger Goodell is surely onto the scent of the Hoodie and Davis conducting their constant roster shuffling (this is the third trade between the two teams in 2009 alone). If the Raiders should happen to benefit from this deal there is no doubt that the commissioner’s office will be eager to remind the Raiders that they’re not allowed to have a winning team without league consent prior (see the Tuck Rule).
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