Though none of the terms were disclosed, SI.com has the contract valued at $30-million, $22-million of which is guaranteed. Hey, it’s good to be an All-Pro defensive lineman employed by Al Davis.
Seymour has stated he’d like to retire as a Raider and expressed his enthusiasm for the future of the franchise.
“I’m thrilled to be with the Silver and Black, a team that has a bright future.”
Since the Raiders first acquired Seymour his contract has been the elephant in the room. Unwilling to give the veteran a new deal, Bill Belichick accepted a first round pick in exchange for Seymour. Then began some nervous days as Seymour was slow to report to Oakland. After his first year in the East Bay it was reported that a new deal was in the works. That never came to be and eventually a franchise tag worth $12-million was placed on the former Georgia Bulldog. After his second season in Silver and Black Seymour earned another Pro Bowl selection – the 6th of his career – and finally got his contract.
Having helped the Raiders to their best season in seven years, Seymour’s value as both a defender and a leader has become immeasurable. But while getting the team to 8 wins was amazing there is still one feat that would cement Seymour’s status as an elite defender – helping the Raiders to finally stop the run.
With the news of the signing coming just weeks before the current CBA expires, it would appear the Raiders are trying to handle as much business as possible before things get hectic in world of NFL labor. Up next is Zach Miller who could inherit the franchise tag vacated by Seymour.