Hard to believe Richard Seymour is going on his fourth year as a Raider. It seems like only yesterday he was acquired in one of the last high profile trades Al Davis engaged in as the alpha and omega of the silver and black universe. What’s even more inconceivable is that 2012 could be the last we see of Seymour in silver and black.
Reggie McKenzie isn’t going to be giving Seymour anything close to the type of cash Davis committed to the future hall of famer. So in many ways the upcoming season could be Seymour’s swag song in Oakland.
No matter what anyone says, the Seymour trade was vital in getting things back on track in the East Bay. Since Seymour’s arrival the Raiders have resurrected themselves from the depths of the NFL. Even though we’re still talking about a middle of the road franchise there is no doubt things wouldn’t have improved as quickly without Seymour.
His winning pedigree and professional approach have been instrumental in fixing all that was ailing the Raiders during their banishment to 11-loss purgatory. Oh and the 15.5 sacks and consecutive Pro Bowl selections have certainly aided in improving the Raiders profile too.
Last season Seymour was healthy enough to participate in all 16 games, the second time he’s accomplished that feat as a Raider. However his play alone wasn’t enough to get the dismal Oakland defense out of the bottom of the NFL.
About the only thing that will complete Seymour’s lasting legacy as a Raider is a playoff birth. The team has flirted with the postseason for the last two years so for Seymour it’s time to commit. If this is his final year as a Raider (perhaps as a pro all together) then what better way to complete his touch on the Oakland transformation than being on the field for the playoffs? It’s very possible and would certainly be the most appropriate way to pay respect to Mr. Davis for his faith placed in Seymour.