According to Greg Papa, the voice of the Raiders, Oakland’s position on the muddled Richard Seymour matter is crystal clear: they want him.
To help get him, Papa reports that the Raiders have sent Seymour a letter “saying he had five days upon receipt to report to the Raiders and take a physical.”
It’s unclear when the Raiders sent the letter or what will happen if Seymour continues to fail to show up in Oakland. If the five days elapse, Oakland would have the right to place him on the roster/suspended.
In that scenario, the Raiders would retain his rights in 2010 at his 2009 salary, but he would miss the entire season.
Absolutely no one wants that to happen, so the nuclear option seems unlikely. Then again, there don’t seem to be any “compromise” alternatives. Seymour either has to show up or the Raiders won’t have much choice.
The letter does indicate, though, that Oakland is not interested in trying to get their first-round pick back. They want Seymour, even though the conditions of the trade require Seymour to report.
Perhaps that’s why the Patriots are so confident that the issue “is between [Seymour] and Oakland.”
The clock is ticking. Your move, Richard.