Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour played the 2010 season for over $12 million on a one-year franchise tag. According to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune, Seymour can expect the same designation in 2011, but with a sizable raise.
Writes McDonald, “It’s looking like the Raiders have every intention” of tagging Seymour for a second straight season.
Per usual CBA rules, doing so would raise Seymour’s salary 20 percent, or to roughly $14.9 million. So including last year’s tender, he’d essentially end up with a two-year deal worth upwards of $28 million. And it’s all guaranteed.
Whether or not the franchise tag should be allowed is a subject of contention between the owners and NFLPA, but for now the Raiders plan on it being available.
Seymour, 31, racked up 5.5 sacks and 48 tackles, and recovered a fumble in 13 starts this past season after moving from left defensive end to “three technique” defensive tackle. He made his sixth career Pro Bowl.