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Richard Seymour said late last season he wanted to retire as a Raider. The 31-year-old Pro Bowl defensive tackle took a step in that direction Wednesday when he agreed to terms on a two-year, potential $30 million deal that includes $22.5 million in guarantees, according to a league source.
Seymour, who is entering his 11th season, is expected to receive $15 million each of the next two years, including a guaranteed $7.5 million bonus in 2012. His signing was critical for the Raiders not only because it locked up a talented player and locker-room leader, but also because it gives them the option of using the franchise tag on free-agent tight end Zach Miller.
“I'm not really concerned about the other 31 teams,” - Bill Belichick
"If a player has talent and doesn't succeed, that means that they either don't want to be successful or I have failed as a coach." - Bill Belichick
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Bad teams have to overpay to keep good players sometimes. They overpaid by more than they should have, but defense is that team's strength, and Seymour is their defensive leader, so I guess he decided that Seymour was more important than Asomugha. That was a crazy payday, though. I doubt even Seymour expected to get that much initially.
If Seymour is getting $15 million a year, it is good the Pats didn't resign him (although he would have probably signed for slightly less a year or two ago).
If he is happy, I am happy for him. I don't hold any ill will towards the guy.
Personally, if I was him, I would have taken less to go to a contender. Eventhough the Raiders seemed to start to head towards the right direction last year, who knows if that was a freak occurance. With a new coach, they could step back this year.