This didn’t at all go according to plan. Richard Seymour certainly has provided the Raiders with veteran leadership, a dominating presence in the middle of the defensive line and even helped this franchise to its only two non-losing seasons in a decade. Until this season he was a perennial Pro Bowler and has been involved in community.
All of the above are admirable and certainly made Seymour’s time in Oakland a success on many levels.
But after it is all said and done the Seymour era will end in very unceremonious fashion which is not at all much different than how it began.
We’ve certainly seen the last of Seymour this season. It would also appear we’ve seen the last of him in Oakland all together. If that’s the case it is impossible to ignore the complete 360 the franchise has made during Seymour’s time in the East Bay.
In fact the irony of how similar his Raider beginning is to his Raider ending is eerie.
As you’ll recall when Al Davis first parted with a first round pick for Seymour’s services the future Hall of Famer was nowhere to be found. Perhaps his shock from being traded so abruptly was so great, Seymour was very hesitant to report to Oakland. In fact the Raiders eventually had to send Seymour a threatening letter to get him to his new place of employment.
Once he arrived in Oakland Seymour was a professional in every way possible. Of course his first season as a Raider didn’t exactly do much to make his trade seem worth the value as the team finished 5-11.
So here we are four years later and Seymour is once again missing in action having missed the last two months of the season due to injury. And despite two non-losing seasons the Raiders are once again back to the double-digit loss business with a pathetic record of 4-11.
While there have been some moments of madness in which Seymour’s fiery nature has gotten the best of him he’s largely been a valued leader and defender. But for this franchise to be right back where it started prior to his acquisition says a lot. Now it says more about the Raiders than Seymour as most every move made over the last decade has been a Band-Aid repair. None the less the Seymour era in Oakland is ending as it began – with the Raiders losing and Seymour nowhere to be found.