Ron Borges of the Boston Herald reports that the Oakland Raiders have placed the franchise tag on Richard Seymour. For his troubles, Seymour will earn a cool $12.398-million in 2010 while the team continues to negotiate a long term deal.
This moment seemed all but inevitable when Al Davis gave up a first round pick in 2011 for Seymour’s services. The 5-time Pro Bowler took his sweet time in reporting to the Raiders due in part to the shocking news that he’d been traded from the New England Patriots, the only NFL franchise he’d ever played for.
While the versatile Seymour did help to improve the Raiders’ woeful run defense, it was a marginal increase from 31st in 2008 to 29th in ’09.
Given the continued insistence on utilizing a draw it up in the dirt defensive scheme, one can’t help but wonder if Seymour’s presence will have the desired impact. Without a doubt the veteran presence of both Seymour and Greg Ellis paid major dividends on the development of young linemen such as Matt Shaughnessey and Desmond Bryant. However, the defense that yielded more big plays than any other team in the NFL hardly benefited from Seymour’s arrival.
Bringing Seymour back was the right move and given the trade value placed on him it was the only move. The problem is that unless the Raiders find creative ways to utilize their personnel, then nothing will change and the only ones who benefit are the bloated wallets of the players (See Tommy Kelly).