It’s officially unofficial that Richard Seymour’s phat contract has been voided. Without confirmation from the Raiders we’re just waiting for the free agency window to open for the word to come down from high but enough reports confirm the inevitable has already occurred.
Interestingly enough Steve Corkran today suggested that the move might have come a dollar short and a day late. In a post on his Inside The Oakland Raiders Blog Corkran ponders if Reggie McKenzie might have been better served serving ties one year ago when the out-of-whack contract shredding party was in full swing.
His biggest impact is going to be on this year’s salary cap, with Seymour counting for almost $14 million in so-called “dead money.” Put another way, almost one-eighth of their $121 million salary cap in 2013 is going to come from Seymour’s voided contract.
The Raiders would have been better off absorbing the blow of severing ties with Seymour last season.
To be fair McKenzie was in a bad spot. He needed to get his team under the cap with enough room to make moves including re-signing the likes of Tyvon Branch, inking a few free agents and getting the new draft class under contract. Cutting Seymour might have avoided this problem now but there is no doubt it would have hurt the team in the immediate.
McKenzie’s Magic 8-Ball couldn’t have warned him Seymour would struggle through an injury plagued season in which his presence would have made no difference in a dismal defense. Certainly the notion of parting ways with Seymour had to cross McKenzie’s mind but severing ties with a team captain and perennial Pro Bowler wouldn’t have helped convince Raider Nation the new GM was out to just win, baby.
Whatever, it’s all a moot point now.
To quote Jim Harbaugh: “The would’ve-could’ve-should’ve is undefeated”.