ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Richard Seymour will report to the Raiders in time to suit up for the Monday Night opener against the Chargers. This news coming on the heels of reports stating that the Raiders had served Seymour a letter threatening to suspend the Pro Bowl defender if he did not report within 5 days of receiving the document.
Here in the trouble lies.
According to the Boston Globe, the NFLPA is taking up the matter of grieving on behalf of Seymour. The situation could get tricky if the union rules against the Raiders and their menacing letter. In which case the situation would again take an odd twist as Seymour could go AWOL if the union sees fit to not allow his employer to demand his services.
Perhaps the most glaring reason for Seymour’s stance has been the fact that he will arrive in Oakland with no guarantees. According to Schefter, the Raiders have made no effort to offer a contract extension nor will they promise not to use the franchise tag on the free agent-to-be.
Seymour still must pass a physical before he can join the Raiders. Perhaps Al Davis is waiting to get a closer look at Seymour before getting into any contract talks. While the position the Raiders are taking makes sense due to Seymour’s age and injury history, it is a little disconcerting.
Trading a first round pick would indicate that his services are coveted but not wanting to commit beyond this season has created a delicate situation. No telling how he’ll perform in 2009, but it would appear that Seymour’s lone motivation at this point is to collect his paycheck and await free agency.
UPDATE: PFT sites Ron Borges of the Boston Herald in an interview with Seymour saying that he was “blindsided” by the trade but is “excited and happy” to report to the Raiders. No telling if this is just lip service but Seymour did drop an endearing quote sure to warm the hearts of Raider Nation. When asked if he’d be playing on Monday Night, Seymour said, “I’ll be the guy on top of the quarterback.”
Subscribe to JBB
Follow JBB on Twitter