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Harmonizing the two latest Seymour reports

So Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe (who has only two more days during which he’s allowed to talk to me before becoming an employee of ESPN) posed an interesting question this morning.

Why would defensive lineman Richard Seymour be flying to Oakland as soon as today, but at the same time pursuing a grievance challenging the Raiders’ ability to force his hand via a “five-day letter”?

There’s a chance that this situation suggests that Seymour and agent Eugene Parker don’t have a cohesive strategy.  (We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on this, especially since the Michael Crabtree holdout has gone so smoothly for Parker.)

The more likely explanation is that Seymour doesn’t want to risk taking a stand and ultimately losing his $3.685 million salary for 2009 plus his shot at unrestricted free agency in 2010.  But, at the same time, Seymour, Parker, and the NFLPA have opted to seize on this unprecedented situation in order to craft a rule that will, at a minimum, provide players with a greater understanding of their options in the future.

But since Seymour’s situation becomes moot if he reports to the Raiders, our guess is that Seymour will go to Oakland this weekend and then tell the team, “I’ll show up in time to play Monday night if you agree not to apply the franchise tag to me next year.”

If they won’t, then Seymour will simply wait for a ruling on his grievance.  If he loses (or if a decision doesn’t come by Tuesday), he’ll report.  If he wins, he’ll head back to Boston, and the circus will continue.

UPDATE:  Moments after posting this item, we learned that the grievance was filed Friday afternoon, and that the agreement that Seymour would report to the Raiders was reached late Friday night.  That said, comments from Seymour to the Boston Herald (which will be addressed in a separate post by Tom Curran) indicate that the grievance will proceed.  Though the issue will be moot as to Seymour, the notion that the dispute is “capable of repetition but evading review” will likely trigger a resolution of the grievance, for the benefit of players who are in a similar situation in the future.

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14 Responses to “Harmonizing the two latest Seymour reports”
  1. Pastabelly says: Sep 12, 2009 10:28 AM

    Seymour has held out in violation of his own contract before. What goes around, comes around.

  2. Rick in DC says: Sep 12, 2009 10:29 AM

    Any chance he doesn’t know the grievence was filed, or didn’t promt the filing? I read another report implying the NFLPA filed the grievance because it’s in their best interest, not because Seymour asked for it.

  3. Hap says: Sep 12, 2009 10:40 AM

    He wants a win/win situation if he’s going to a loser .

  4. AutumnWind999 says: Sep 12, 2009 10:41 AM

    What Rick in DC said.

  5. Arias says: Sep 12, 2009 10:43 AM

    As if they’re going to agree not to franchise tag him after forking out a first round pick!!!
    He needs to just get in to Oakland now so he can play Monday and get his douchebag agent to sort him out a long-term contract, it’s the only way everyone can be remotely happy with this situation.
    He should be grateful the Raiders put enough faith in him to give up a first round pick and get his ass in town and show them that their faith wasn’t misplaced!

  6. GregO says: Sep 12, 2009 10:44 AM

    What a whiny tool.
    Hey Richard, you are supposed to be a professional, why don’t you try to act like one.
    It is unbelievable the number of, self-entitled, whiny, little prima donnas there are in the NFL. Are these guys supposed to be bad ass football players or little school girls who didn’t get asked to the junior prom?

  7. ernielogo says: Sep 12, 2009 10:44 AM

    What are the chances he shows up, passes his physical and then on Monday morning, his hamstring tightens up??

  8. Silver&Black666 says: Sep 12, 2009 10:44 AM

    Watching all of you sports writers trying to figure out this story is like watching a bunch of retards trying to hump a door knob.
    Its real simple Florio, let me spell it our for you.
    Al Davis said here is 3 years at 45 Million its what I gave Nnamdi it should be good enough for you.
    The greediest agent in the world says old man I have seen your deep pockets and we want 4 years at 75 Million. Or we will file a grievance, make a stink throw a tantrum and make you look like an already crappier ran organization.
    Nobody knows the rules better than Al davis so imgine his next move is to dust off his overhead projector. In the end Daddy AL will probably offer him a lot more than he is worth and he will eventually sign for a record amount of money then Parker will flex his muscles and call the York’s.

  9. gang|green says: Sep 12, 2009 10:48 AM

    Either way this works out, there is no repairing this situation. Seymour is kicking and screaming like a kid being dragged out of a toy store. I know the majority feel Oakland is right in this situation, but they really F’d up on doing their homework. As soon as the Patriots agreed to discuss trading him to Oakland, all they had to do is pick up the phone and call Seymour’s agent and ask “How would he feel coming to Oakland?”. All of this could’ve been avoided.

  10. picayune says: Sep 12, 2009 10:50 AM

    This post really isn’t “harmonizing” anything, just adding speculation onto speculation. Too many variables in play here for anyone to know how it will play out.
    One thing is sure. Al Davis desperately wants to win (or at least field a respectable team) now. Otherwise he would never give up this much in future considerations or put up with the embarrassment of Seymour’s lack of interest in reporting.

  11. Mike says: Sep 12, 2009 10:52 AM

    OMG. Seymour justs needs to go. Its not like he’s friggin Roy Halladay and has a no-trade clause. You’re under contract. Just another spoilied rich athlete who isn’t getting his way. Go to the Raiders, and you’ll get a fat contract somewhere next year or you’ll get a fat franchise tag. Either way, you’re going to make alot of money. Just go to the circus for the year.

  12. JakeDSnake says: Sep 12, 2009 11:02 AM

    This situation reminds me of various states’ “Lemon Laws” for cars. You buy a car (Seymour’s contract) and you are the owner of the car (Raiders), entitled to all rights of that car and the seller (Patriots) lose all their rights – HOWEVER – if the car does not pass inspection then the deal that has been finalized in the eyes of the law can be undone as a protection to the buyer. Just because there is a provision that will allow the deal to be undone does not mean the deal has not been done. A remedy within a contract is only valid if the contract is valid – in this case the remedy for a failed physical is only valid if the trade is valid. The physical likely does not consumate the contract, only provides a remedy within it.
    On a related Seymour legal note, “Seymour” jerseys have been a lynchpin for some great jersey displays in New England for some time: Richard Seymour, Hart Lee Dykes, Chad Eaton, and Sam Gash jerseys made for a popular grouping as did Richard Seymour, Randall Gay and Marion Butts jerseys down on Cape Cod, et al. (The ‘et al’ part was the legal tie-in).

  13. radrntn says: Sep 12, 2009 12:32 PM

    sometimes you guys think of some of the most stupid stuff…I can see it now…Seymour telling Davis I’ll play if you don’t franchise me…..and Al Davis busting up laughing….. Get real PFT….Davis is a true Pro owner, and will try everything he can do to work on a 4 to 5 yeard for Seymour, but Seymour is going to have to come to grips that the Raiders do not have much cap space.
    Great to know BSPN, has another east coast bias point of view….what a joke that station has become….it’s the National Enquirer of Sport, what a crock

  14. JustDieBaby says: Sep 12, 2009 1:31 PM

    “Davis is a true Pro owner”
    Davis is a Clueless-Retard who has destroyed our Raiders.
    After the DisChargers are up by 28. Cant wait til they look in the owners box at Davis. Drool towel across his lap. As he stares motionless into space.
    “The Greatness Of The Raiders Is In Its Future”. When Al kicks the drool bucket.

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