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Belichick comments on departure of Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour became a Patriot via the sixth overall pick in the 2001 draft, the second draft of Bill Belichick’s tenure in New England.

Seymour then became a cornerstone of a team that won three Super Bowls in four seasons.

Now, the Patriots have ended the relationship, dealing him for what likely will be the sixth overall pick or higher in 20101.

And so, for the second time in less than a week, Belichick has had to bid farewell to one of the men who helped the team develop the kind of sustained excellence that we hadn’t previously seen in the parity-driven NFL of the salary cap and free agency era.

“From nearly the day he arrived in 2001, Richard Seymour established himself as one of our premier players for nearly a decade,” Belichick said in comments circulated by the team.  “His presence has been felt as a force on the field, a respected man off it and a multiyear champion.

“Any transaction we make is with the goal of what is best for our team and, as difficult as it is to part ways with a player of Richard’s stature, many factors were taken into account when we considered this trade,” Belichick said.  “As an organization, we feel the trade with Oakland brings sufficient value and is in the long-term interest of the club.  We are extremely grateful for the huge impact Richard’s elite level of performance had on our success and we wish him the very best during the rest of his career.”

That last phrase suggests that the Pats won’t be attempting to bring Seymour back next year, in the event he hits the open market in 2010. 

But that’s one of the challenges of sustaining success.  Teams need to know when to move on.  Usually, the transition occurs not via a trade, but through a retirement or an outright release.

In Seymour’s case, the Pats weren’t able to pass up that first-round pick.  And so they’ll be using it come April 2011 in the hopes of finding the next Richard Seymour or Tedy Bruschi.

Eventually, they’ll even have to be thinking about landing the next Tom Brady.

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57 Responses to “Belichick comments on departure of Richard Seymour”
  1. maalea says: Sep 6, 2009 11:53 AM

    Florio it’s a pick in 2011

  2. miDeuce says: Sep 6, 2009 11:54 AM

    It’s a 2011 first round pick, not 2010.

  3. Krow says: Sep 6, 2009 11:55 AM

    There’s a sucker born every minute. Pats fans should send flowers to Count Chocula for this early X-mas present.

  4. HarrisonHits says: Sep 6, 2009 11:55 AM

    It was for a 2011 pick, not 2010, and chances are Belichick will trade that for multiple picks lower in the 1st and or a slew of 2nds.

  5. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Sep 6, 2009 11:59 AM

    Is it April 1st? Please tell me it is…..but In Bill We Trust.

  6. milehiclown says: Sep 6, 2009 12:02 PM

    So it is a 2010 pick? A 2011 pick? Maybe you mean a 2110 pick when Al’s cryonic syrup dries up?
    The Raiders have picked AWFULLY in the first round so how anyone sees this as a “lose” for the blackturds is daft. At least they know the guy can play!

  7. droppingloads says: Sep 6, 2009 12:03 PM

    This why Belichick is the best coach of the modern era, he knows when to move on and does not get caught up in emotion. Seymour is good, but ellis hobbs hit the nail on the head when he said guys who earned more money than him werent playing and they both had the same injury (sports hernia). this also allows the pats to wilfork.

  8. Dan says: Sep 6, 2009 12:07 PM

    Brian Hoyer is the next Tom Brady. (You never know and it never hurts to be an optimist :) )

  9. ncm42 says: Sep 6, 2009 12:08 PM

    Speaking of not getting caught up in emotion, did he cry again? And I would argue the reason he is the best coach of the modern era can be summed up in two words: Tom Brady.

  10. gameday says: Sep 6, 2009 12:09 PM

    Every team should be calling the Raiders to take advantage of brain dead Al Davis .
    That aside, as stated earlier, the Cheatriots will just have to forfeit the draft pick when they get caught cheating again. ( yes, thats for you TBuckFutter)
    10-6 season for the Cheatriots this year

  11. Alpheratz says: Sep 6, 2009 12:10 PM

    Better to move them a year early instead of a year late.
    Sort of the opposite of the Eagles and Donovan McNabb.

  12. whywerule says: Sep 6, 2009 12:15 PM

    There’s a sucker born every minute. Pats fans should send flowers to Count Chocula for this early X-mas present.
    Well, it’s a lousy trade for the Pats too, for at least two seasons, unless they are able to move forward and re-sign/extend Wilfork, Mankins and Brady before 2010. The Pats were never going to be able to keep those three and Seymour into 2011 and beyond.
    OTOH, it is likely a lousy trade for the Raiders forever. What chance do the Raiders have of keeping Seymour beyond this season? Have they already gotten Seymour to agree to some monster contract?

  13. darrius_heyward-bey-butterfingers says: Sep 6, 2009 12:24 PM

    That’s a pretty crafty plan- Draft the guy with the 6th overall pick, get EIGHT YEARS out him, then flip him for an even higher pick! Why doesn’t everyone do that? Oh it’s the Raiders now I understand. The same team that cut their best qb yesterday.

  14. anthony says: Sep 6, 2009 12:32 PM

    2 all you Raider Hater, the joke is on you. The pats have 2 wait a year to even get a player, and if you don’t think the Raiders won’t have a 1st round pick in 2011 your Joking your self.
    Fargas is on the block and we are about to get a 1st round for him.
    Thanks 4 the early christmas present Pats, seymore can stop the run and the pass. Burgas was ok but he’s no seymore and he’s younger.
    Go Raiders!

  15. JoeSixPack says: Sep 6, 2009 12:33 PM

    If the Patriots don’t have the 2011 #1 pick outright, they’ve easilly got the ammunition to move up to grab the #1 pick that year.
    Hmmm – could the Patriots be positioning themselves to grab their next Franchise Quarterback?
    Yes – it seems a bit early, but it never hurts to have a future franchise QB sit on the bench behind Brady for say, 2 seasons – especially if that high draft pick has the benefit of costing less under a new CBA that will likely seek to limit the outrageously high price tag of unproven players, and take the agents out of the mix with pre-determined pay slots.
    That would have such a player ready to play in 2013, when Brady would be 36… maybe still playing at a high level (and worth a #1 pick in trade himself) or maybe beginning to show his age.

  16. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Sep 6, 2009 12:36 PM

    Players shipped to Oakland mysteriously lose their talent. The Black Hole drains em of their specialties.

  17. World Champs Raiders 3 Chargers 0 says: Sep 6, 2009 12:46 PM

    Belicheater is losing it. Did you see him cry for Tedy Bruschi….Go Raiders!

  18. superius says: Sep 6, 2009 12:49 PM

    Patriots are moving to a 4-3 defense and abandoning the 3-4. Mark my words.
    It’s the only thing that makes any sense given the personnel moves the last month or so.

  19. rockotica says: Sep 6, 2009 12:52 PM

    this would be a good trade if players were robots, but seymour cant help but be disappointed he’s going to Hell. yeah sure whatever he’s a pro blah blah but it seems that being in Oakland [which was referred to by Scott Ferrall as one “large terror zone of crack”] just takes players down a notch and saps their motivation and all that…..but i love it! die oakland die!

  20. afogg0855 says: Sep 6, 2009 12:56 PM

    Guys, he knows its 2011, learn how to read!!
    And Bill knows what he’s doing, he clearly thinks we have young talent that can sufficiently fill the hole left by Richard Seymour. And more importantly WE CAN KEEP VINCE WILFORK NOW!!!
    PATS FANS: who do you want more, Seymour or a younger healthier Wilfork? Because we sure as hell werent gonna keep both of them at the end of their contracts.

  21. ernie cohen says: Sep 6, 2009 12:59 PM

    Idiotic deal for OAK. Anyone want to bet on him being on the team next year?
    On the other hand, it would be so much fun watching NE grapple with a top-5 pick. Unfortunately, some other team will end up letting them trade down.

  22. whywerule says: Sep 6, 2009 1:00 PM

    …Fargas is on the block and we are about to get a 1st round for him….
    I hope that was a joke, because no one is giving the Raiders a 1st round pick for Fargas. Al Davis would not even give up a 1st round pick for Fargas if he was trading Fargas to himself.

  23. afogg0855 says: Sep 6, 2009 1:02 PM

    JoeSixPack.. you’re talking out of your ass, the Patriots would never in a million years trade up to the number one spot to take a quarterback when they have Tom Brady. Brady has already stated he wants to play for another ten years and 36 is still young for an elite quarterback.
    and hey ANTHONY! If you think the Raiders will get a 1st round pick for Fargas you’re out of your mind.. i think its funny how delusional Oakland fans are.

  24. TFBuckFutter says: Sep 6, 2009 1:03 PM

    “anthony says:
    September 6, 2009 12:32 PM
    Fargas is on the block and we are about to get a 1st round for him.”
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  25. magsdad1 says: Sep 6, 2009 1:18 PM

    anthony-
    Really?
    Seriously?
    Uh, wait…………….no, really?
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Seymour retires. I would.

  26. anthony says: Sep 6, 2009 1:21 PM

    1st DE Greg Ellis from Dallas now we have a 29yr old 5time probowl & 3 time superbowl champ Richard Seymore.
    Monday Night is looking a little brighter~
    Go Raiders!
    P.S. Thanks Pats Fans, you guy’s have alway’s been like a little sister to our franchise… Hey I forgot we gave u Randy Moss “bastards”

  27. lezmaka says: Sep 6, 2009 1:28 PM

    “That aside, as stated earlier, the Cheatriots will just have to forfeit the draft pick when they get caught cheating again.”
    Um, no. I don’t mean they won’t get caught cheating again, but if/when they do, they won’t lose the pick they get from the Raiders. They would lose their own 1st round pick, just like they did with Spygate.

  28. briano29 says: Sep 6, 2009 1:34 PM

    A first rounder for Fargas? Are you high?

  29. steeltownpride says: Sep 6, 2009 1:34 PM

    How do you think Seymour feels today ? lol from being on a team some pick to being in the SB to going to the toliet of the NFL ? lol hahahahahaha thats just funny to me .
    Pats fans should be scared now . Your D was lacking this year and you just lost the corner piece of the line ? Now look for Thomas to get doubled team .
    lol good day to be a Steelers fan .

  30. napgamer says: Sep 6, 2009 1:41 PM

    Shame on Bellicheat for taking advantage of a senile old man.

  31. droppingloads says: Sep 6, 2009 1:41 PM

    “ncm42 says:
    September 6, 2009 12:08 PM
    Speaking of not getting caught up in emotion, did he cry again? And I would argue the reason he is the best coach of the modern era can be summed up in two words: Tom Brady.”
    BRady is good, but if you put him in the colts system he isnt half the qb he is now, Brady is brady because Belichick put him in a system that played to his strengths.

  32. pfii63 says: Sep 6, 2009 2:07 PM

    This is a great tactical move by the Pats…
    – Their defensive line is solid without Seymour. Green and Burgess pick up the slack, and we will see more 4-3 as Ron Brace is a beast in the middle.
    – Seymour is in a contract year and likely wouldn’t return for the money offered. He is on the downside (ala McGinest) and to get a #1 pick from a rotten team (which will still be rotten in 2011) is a steal.
    – This gives them the cash to lock up Wilfork and Mankins.
    Haters can say what they like, but leave it to Belichick to add through subtraction. They will keep this pick (not trade it away) because in all likelihood it will be a top 10 or 15 pick in 2011.
    Once again the Patriots take advantage of the senile, drooling moron. Thanks, Al!

  33. goose08 says: Sep 6, 2009 2:17 PM

    there is very little football sense in this trade from the raiders pov. that being said let’s look past the x’s and o’s here. look at the raider’s draft history. this may not be as bad as it looks bc the chances are slim they find an impact player with their ’11 first rounder. that being said…al davis is a moron.

  34. SmackMyVickUp says: Sep 6, 2009 2:21 PM

    “Brady is Brady because Belichick put him in a system that played to his strengths.”
    That is called coaching.
    Raiders never get much out of their first round picks or anyone else for that matter, might as well trade them away for proven players.

  35. nato2424 says: Sep 6, 2009 2:36 PM

    A 1st rounder for this guy! The falcons gave up a second round pick for the best TE of all time. And of course Chokeland gives up a 1st rounder to an expiring contract.

  36. JPlosmanHOF says: Sep 6, 2009 2:47 PM

    “2 all you Raider Hater, the joke is on you. The pats have 2 wait a year to even get a player, and if you don’t think the Raiders won’t have a 1st round pick in 2011 your Joking your self.
    Fargas is on the block and we are about to get a 1st round for him.
    Thanks 4 the early christmas present Pats, seymore can stop the run and the pass. Burgas was ok but he’s no seymore and he’s younger.
    Go Raiders!”
    this is for whoever wrote this piece of inane babblee. if you actually think the raiders can get a 1st rounder for justin “the name of the game is run directly at the MLB” fargas, then you need to put down the MDMA. this isnt madden 08 man, fargas isnt ranked an 85 in real life. the raiders would be lucky to get a 7th rounder for fargas let alone a 1st. if edge, shaun alexander, and warrick dunn struggle this mightily to even find jobs (yeah i know edge finally got 1), how do u expect a team to give the raiders anything for a mediocre scrub of an RB like fargas? in fact, the only player the raiders could get any form of pick for on the entire roster is Nnamdi Asomugha. thats it. nobody else on that team is worth a damn.
    oh, and spell Burgess and Seymour correctly, you illiterate fan of a team that doesnt deserve any.

  37. jeremyb91 says: Sep 6, 2009 2:53 PM

    2007: Number one overall pick (6 starters from this draft)
    2008: Number four overall pick (4 starters from this draft)
    2009: Number seven overall pick (possibly 4 or 5 starters from this draft)
    2010: Say top 15
    2011: The Raiders are only going to keep improving
    Laugh all you want haters. This trade is going to be a great pickup for Al. Al has drafted exceptionally well since 2007 and this pickup is a boon for the Raiders defense.
    Immediately Richard Seymour upgrades the run defense. The Raiders already have among the best cornerback tandems in the league in Nnamdi Asomogha and Chris Johnson considering Nnamdi is the best CB in the league bar none.
    The Raiders rushing offense has been top 10 for the past two years and should be again this year.
    If Seymour’s presence can force teams to throw the ball then this trade works for both teams because in 2011 this pick should be a #20 or lower.
    The Raiders are going to improve at least two games from last seasons total of 5 wins thus improving to 7 wins. The following season they should win 9 or more.

  38. superius says: Sep 6, 2009 3:25 PM

    Pats Fans:
    You are so dumb.
    1. The only reason BB is any good is because he has Tom Brady. BB is terrible at talent evaluation. BB is terrible at motivating players. BB has a terrible system.
    2. Unless of course this is an article about Tom Brady and has nothing to do with BB, then Tom Brady is a system QB.
    Remember that the only reason Brady, the whimp, didn’t team his ACL sooner is because his line protected him…but now he is dead because that same line is over rated and sucks.
    As for them forfeiting their 2011 first rounder you poor haters can’t even get that right. The exact same situation happened the year we actually had to forfeit our 1st rounder for the excellent work of our video department. We had the 49ers and our own pick, lost ours as punishment and still drafted Mayo 10th overall. Even when we lose…we win!

  39. JPlosmanHOF says: Sep 6, 2009 3:51 PM

    superius, none of what u said makes any sense at all.

  40. Death2Posers says: Sep 6, 2009 3:52 PM

    Pats fans love living in the past. NE has the worst defense in the AFC East, worst running game too. They’re slipping back towards the rest of the NFL now, the years of dominance are over. Unless they develop some new cheating tactics, they’re no better than a 10-11 win team this year and that’s if pretty boy male model Brady lasts 16 games, which is no given. They’ll make the playoffs, sure, but it’s a guaranteed one & out for them.

  41. JustDieBaby says: Sep 6, 2009 4:02 PM

    “anthony says:
    September 6, 2009 12:32 PM
    Fargas is on the block and we are about to get a 1st round for him.”
    “anthony” That must be the Raiders John Herrera’s screen name. Its laughable just like everything else he says.
    Difference between NE and Us. N.E is always looking into its future. The Raiders keep looking into our past because we have no future with Clueless Al Davis.
    Someone else said good Raider drafts?? Herrera must have 2 screen names. Like dhBUST and Mike Mitchell. Again laughable.
    Remember the Who’s “Tommy”. They were talking about Al Davis. “Deaf” Dumb” and “Blind”.

  42. TFBuckFutter says: Sep 6, 2009 4:06 PM

    “JPlosmanHOF says:
    September 6, 2009 3:51 PM
    superius, none of what u said makes any sense at all.”
    Given your name, I’m assuming you got his joke.

  43. superius says: Sep 6, 2009 4:08 PM

    # JPlosmanHOF says: September 6, 2009 3:51 PM
    superius, none of what u said makes any sense at all.
    —-
    @JP,
    I was just providing a handy digest version of the comments Patriots haters add.

  44. JustDieBaby says: Sep 6, 2009 4:27 PM

    I feel sorry for Seymour. Comeing to us is like being kidnapped and taken to a 3rd world country like Biafra to live. Just imagine the culture shock going from the NE locker room to ours. Richard welcome to Al Davis Hell.

  45. raideralex99 says: Sep 6, 2009 4:55 PM

    This is how the Pats do it … either you sign for less or we will embarrassed you by cutting you or trading you to the Raiders.
    What I want to see how the Pats will trade down a top 5 pick when no other team can … oh wait … a new rookie salary base will be implement with Pats owner Kraft leading the way.

  46. dunkingonuts says: Sep 6, 2009 4:57 PM

    Didn’t Al Davis get a first round pick for Doug Jolley the year he traded his first rounder for Randy Moss.. Maybe Al has something up his sleeve…!

  47. Florios_a_tool says: Sep 6, 2009 5:01 PM

    I always figured Belichick was a cold blooded businessman, but damn. The Raiders?
    Richard “Tessio” Seymour: Tom, can you get me off the hook? For old times sake?
    Tom Hagen: Can’t do it, Sally …

  48. Florios_a_tool says: Sep 6, 2009 5:22 PM

    I wonder if Seymour will make a tearful farewell tribute to Belichick like Teddy did.
    I’m guessing no. Probably more like “the Raiders? thanks a LOT, bitch”.

  49. TFBuckFutter says: Sep 6, 2009 5:33 PM

    “dunkingonuts says:
    September 6, 2009 4:57 PM
    Didn’t Al Davis get a first round pick for Doug Jolley the year he traded his first rounder for Randy Moss.. Maybe Al has something up his sleeve…!”
    No.
    He got a first round and a 7th round pick for Jolley, a 2nd and 2 6ths.

  50. anthony says: Sep 6, 2009 6:36 PM

    Raider Haters are like Vegetables: your mama made you eat em, they nasty, but good for you. Raider Haters=Vegetables
    Go Raiders!

  51. JustDieBaby says: Sep 6, 2009 6:42 PM

    Actually in the Jolly trade. Clueless Al got a 1st round pick #26 and a 7th. The Jets got back Jolly plus a 2nd round pick (by way of Houston when we traded Blowtime P-Burnt Buchannon another in the long line of wasted Davis 1st round picks) and 2 6th round picks.
    Davis might have something up his sleeve. Maby a joker from a deck of cards because our team is a joke thanx to him. But he has nothing between his ears.

  52. as big as a hat says: Sep 6, 2009 7:15 PM

    JPlosmanHOF babbled,
    if edge, shaun alexander, and warrick dunn struggle
    this mightily to even find jobs (yeah i know edge finally got 1), how do u expect a team to give the raiders anything for a mediocre scrub of an RB like fargas? in fact, the only player the raiders could get any form of pick for on the entire roster is Nnamdi Asomugha. thats it. nobody else on that team is worth a damn.
    That’s a ridiculous statement. The Raiders are a bad team, and for sure nobody is giving a 1st for Fargas, but to say they only have one player on the entire roster that’s any good is just retarded.

  53. jeremyb91 says: Sep 6, 2009 10:06 PM

    For those who actually understand the Raiders and what Seymour’s addition to the defense means to the whole team will only be able to look at this trade with reasonable rationale.
    Although Al had to trade a 1st round pick, it won’t be a pick until 2011. Al will resign Seymour and wouldn’t have brought him to Oakland if he didn’t believe he couldn’t sign him. If the Raiders make the playoffs in 2010 that pick won’t amount to much and the trade will be easily be in the Raiders favor.
    Seymour immediately upgrades the Raiders defense from among the worst against the rush to top 15 against the run or better and makes Nnamdi’s life so much easier as teams will be forced to throw quicker passes because the Raiders will also be able to get a solid pass rush.
    This upgrade alone combined with the fact the Raiders have an offense that is young and only getting better bodes well for the instant future of this franchise.

  54. redsox224 says: Sep 6, 2009 11:35 PM

    Death2Posers says:
    September 6, 2009 3:52 PM
    Pats fans love living in the past. NE has the worst defense in the AFC East, worst running game too. They’re slipping back towards the rest of the NFL now, the years of dominance are over. Unless they develop some new cheating tactics, they’re no better than a 10-11 win team this year and that’s if pretty boy male model Brady lasts 16 games, which is no given. They’ll make the playoffs, sure, but it’s a guaranteed one & out for them.
    Death, how about you actually research your stats before you come on here and spout off things you have no idea about. The Patriots had the 8th ranked defense in the NFL last year ahead of anyone in the AFC East. As for the running game they were ranked 6th in the NFL last year right behind Minn and again ahead of the rest of the AFC East. If your going to try to be smart and throw out stats how about you actually do the research!!

  55. World Champs Raiders 3 Chargers 0 says: Sep 7, 2009 3:26 AM

    Raiders win AFC West in 2009 and draft Tim Tebow in 2010.

  56. RAIDERFLYY says: Sep 7, 2009 7:13 AM

    I find your lack of faith,…disturbing…
    Seymour is one of the final pieces of the puzzle,..
    Raiders will go 9-7,….and he will be signed to a 5yr. contract.
    RAIDERS FOREVER!!!!!!!

  57. RAIDERFLYY says: Sep 7, 2009 8:00 AM

    ….and the next move will be to bring in
    D.Brooks,….
    …..it’s all starting to come together Ricky,…it’s all starting to come together,….
    RAIDER FOR LIFE!

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