Adam Schefter Blog - ESPN The league reaction to the Seymour trade Sunday, September 6, 2009 | Print Entry From the moment the trade was made, reaction from league coaches and executives began streaming in. Here is a sample of texts and e-mails that landed in my BlackBerry: "Oakland Raiders gave up way too much." "Why would the Raiders do that -- to win 4 games? Oh well." "[First-round pick] not conditional on performance? Man, Seymour could be retired by then! Unreal." But the most ominous note came from one exec who wrote, "Pats see 2011 lockout." To see more about the Seymour trade, including its effects on the Patriots, you must be an ESPN Insider. Insider The Patriots' defense is in transition Lost in the hullabaloo of the Richard Seymour trade is the fact New England now is fielding a defense in a clear state of transition. Five starters from last season's Patriots defense no longer are with the team: Seymour, linebackers Mike Vrabel and Tedy Bruschi and defensive backs Rodney Harrison and Ellis Hobbs. Some of the team's most inspirational leaders -- Bruschi, Vrabel, Harrison and Seymour -- either have been traded or have retired. The Patriots still have Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork and some of their defensive stalwarts. But more and more, New England's defense is becoming about the new generation of young players, such as linebacker Jerod Mayo.