The Raiders always have to be a little different.
The NFL’s release of the official franchise tags notes that Richard Seymour was the only player to receive the “exclusive” franchise tag, which means he can’t negotiate with other teams.
Even though it’s a rare practice, the Raiders have used the exclusive tag in recent years on Nmandi Asomugha and
Charles Woodson. (Dwight Freeney
and Terrell Suggs are other players of note that received the designation.)
Using the exclusive tag on Seymour makes sense.
Seymour’s $12.398 million salary might go up because he can now make the average of the top-five 2010 salaries among defensive ends, if that number is higher than the top five salaries at the position last season.
Unfortunately for Seymour, it seems unlikely the number will rise this year. Julius Peppers’ 2010 pay should drop, which will bring down the group.
Essentially, the Raiders locked Seymour in without taking much extra risk.
Then again, it’s not like anyone was going to attempt trading for him. Or pay him $12.398 million.