As it turns out, that “five-day letter” might have provided defensive lineman Richard Seymour with the splash of cold water that allowed him to process the anger and disappointment that arose after he was traded to the Raiders.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Raiders and Seymour are “in the final stages” of planning his arrival in Oakland.
He is expected to fly to California as early as Saturday, and he could play in Monday night’s game against the Chargers.
It leaves little time for Seymour, a career 3-4 defensive lineman, to become comfortable in his role within Oakland’s 4-3 front.
But the move will preserve Seymour’s ability to earn $3.685 million in base salary this season, and his shot at becoming an unrestricted free agent in what likely will be the uncapped year of 2010.
If the Raiders don’t apply the franchise tag to Seymour.