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Seymour back on field, but not likely back in Oakland next year


Defensive tackle Richard Seymour is back on the practice field, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be back with the Raiders for long.

Seymour missed the previous five games with a hamstring injury, and has three games left on his contract with the Raiders.

“I would love to retire a Raider but I have earned the right to be a free agent,” Seymour said, via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I really love wearing this uniform. We’ll see what happens.”

That sounds well short of “Please, please keep me here,” in terms of his hopes for a new deal there.

The 33-year-old has played well since Al Davis traded a first-round pick for him in 2009, but he’s the kind of old part the Raiders under new general manager Reggie McKenzie aren’t expected to retain.

They’ve already gotten rid of nearly half last year’s Week 17 roster (26 players), and waived cornerback Ron Bartell earlier this week.

“It’s a business,” Seymour said. “Everybody is being evaluated from the top to the bottom. We’re all in this together, and we have to put our best foot forward. This is a great week to get back on track.”

Or to start packing for a move that appears inevitable.

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25 Responses to “Seymour back on field, but not likely back in Oakland next year”
  1. draftking says: Dec 12, 2012 8:30 AM

    My anticipation: Seymour walks (too expensive to franchise) and Raiders use their first round pick on a blue chip DT prospect.

  2. demolition510 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:36 AM

    Shut up fraud. Faking your injuries so you don’t have to practice

  3. goraidersgospurs says: Dec 12, 2012 8:40 AM

    I assume he wont take what he is worth, I know he will want to (Seymour) money which big Reggie will not be willing to do so I guess its cya Richard!!!

  4. mjbulls45 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:42 AM

    raiders will be bad for another 5 years if they dont get an entire NEW coaching staff this off-season,

    mckenzie is too scared to pull the trigger on any free agents though, goodness,

    at least Al would make the off-seasons interesting, outta desperation or hope , make a move,

    or just stay below average and win 3-5 games every year.

    keep mcfadden/palmer , get an offensive line, and WRs that can catch.

    entire defense needs to be new. they got like 3 defensive players period.

  5. thrillomania says: Dec 12, 2012 8:55 AM

    Come back to the Pats Richard. Would love to see you in that D line rotation again with Wilfork.

  6. oaktown49er says: Dec 12, 2012 8:57 AM

    I am still happy to see things being run differently in Oakland. The changes will not be instant, and people love to tell the same Raider jokes, but this is different leadership. At least the possibility for success is there.

  7. torturedraiderfan says: Dec 12, 2012 8:57 AM

    I agree. Aging, high-priced players don’t seem to be part of Reggie Mc Kenzie’s plan. The Raiders need way too much to tie up a lot of salary cap on Seymour. Great player, but time to move on.

  8. souldogdave says: Dec 12, 2012 9:03 AM

    Honorable warrior who’s time has passed. He should retire after this season, rather than play even worse or get hurt worse than his bad knees.

  9. djcologne says: Dec 12, 2012 9:04 AM

    I have a ton of respect for Seymour however I think it would serve the team best to invest those dollars into younger players that they can build upon over the coming years. The Raiders are not going to be contending for a SuperBowl over the next year or two.

    A lot of Raider fans are clamouring for Jarvis Jones or Manti Te’o (both fantastic players) but for me it starts in the trenches so I hope the Raiders draft Star Lotulelei who would be a more then perfect replacement for Seymour.

  10. rc33 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:23 AM

    Meanwhile, with the draft pick obtained for Seymour, New England has its left tackle for the next 10 years.
    Sey’s been a good player in Oakland but that trade never made sense for a rebuilding team.
    Like Oakland.

  11. stoogy says: Dec 12, 2012 9:30 AM

    Well it sounds like he wants to stay in town. Offer lg min and they wouldd be glad to keep him

  12. justwannawinna says: Dec 12, 2012 9:39 AM

    If the raiders were smart they would draft Star or Jarvis Jones both look to be blue chip players. Teo might be a reach for them in the top ten. Or they might get a Lt in Jake Matthews or his teammate Luke. They have a long way to go for the QB position.

  13. CKL says: Dec 12, 2012 9:46 AM

    The Raiders are not a poorly run franchise anymore. Someone else will overpay for RS. I’d laugh if it were the NYJ. I could see RS wanting to sign there to stick it to the Pats. As a Pats fan, I’d welcome that. He and Asante disgusted me with their BS when they were in NE.

  14. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:52 AM

    Hey why not. This Front Office can’t completely change the culture from being a playoff contender to a doormat team without getting rid of big Seymour.

    Don’t worry. We’ll get a good replacement like the guy that replaced Mike Bush……..what’s his name again?

  15. raider8er says: Dec 12, 2012 10:41 AM

    This is part if the long road to rebuild and turning the organization into a legitimately run franchise. Painfully, the team has to hit bottom on order to grow.

  16. enochmh2 says: Dec 12, 2012 11:14 AM

    look at the 49ers for example,vernon davis,willis,staley,crabtree,anthony davis,iupati,aldon smith. Core guys they drafted over the years to build the team around. Now in that same time span the raiders have drafted huff,jamarcus,mcfadden who’s ever injured,heyward-bay,mcclain and then gave up two 1st rounders for seymour who might not be on the team next year and carson who is not a long term option.

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 12, 2012 12:35 PM

    Another huge blown trade for the QB Palmer and old man Seymour in a time when the Raiders weren’t ready to compete at a high level. What an uber waste and monumental amount of strategy malfunctioning.

  18. dougydougdoug says: Dec 12, 2012 12:36 PM

    raider8er says: Dec 12, 2012 10:41 AM

    This is part if the long road to rebuild and turning the organization into a legitimately run franchise. Painfully, the team has to hit bottom on order to grow.


    Yeah, you can check off the “hit rock bottom” box in the list of accomplishments. I believe they did that in the first few seconds of the SuperBowl versus Tampa.

    Unbelievably, it’s been downhill ever since.

  19. Raider-in-PA says: Dec 12, 2012 1:01 PM

    Great news! I knew he wouldnt amount to anything from the get-go since he was not happy about coming here…

    Be gone, check casher! We can use that money on players who actually play…

  20. dougydouglikeslittleboys says: Dec 12, 2012 1:13 PM

    lets see the past week it was rolondo mc clain, Monday a post that carson palmer wont be back, yesterday shane lechler, today, it’s seymour, Saturday it’s Tommy Kelly, next Monday it Michael Huff, on Wednesday it will be about DHB, followed by DMC…etc……..pretty clear raiders are going to lite a stick of dynamite this off season, and blow up the team….i just hope the explosion includes Knapp.

  21. araidersfan says: Dec 12, 2012 2:21 PM

    In retrospect, Seymour played pretty well for the Raiders but I don’t think that he was anywhere near worthy of the price of a high 1st round pick.

    On the other hand, with the Raiders’ drafting record in Al Davis’ later years said 1st rounder probably would’ve probably been a bust anyway if we had kept it. And at least giving up a first rounder for Seymour wasn’t outright disastrous for us as it was when Davis traded a first rounder for Randy Moss.

  22. Matt says: Dec 12, 2012 4:25 PM

    As a Raiders fan, I’m torn. I love the way Seymour plays. Here’s my favorite Seymour Raiders stories.

    When he was traded, there was a two day gap where he didn’t acknowledge the trade and everyone (PFT included) thought he didn’t want to join the Raiders. He quelled this rumor by saying that he hadn’t slept for two days because he was thinking about how to live 3000 miles away from his family. It was tough for him. The thought of moving his young daughters into a new school during the school year was ridiculous. I love that about Seymour. He cares about his family.

    Seymour is a staunch family man and by all accounts, a great person off the field.

    On the field, he is more violent than anyone else in this generation of players.

    In his first game, one in which he had only one day of practice to prepare, he played all around the defensive line as an end, a three-technique tackle, and a nose tackle. He had two sacks and countless pressures. We lost, but his play was dominant.

    While he never lit it up with high sack totals, Raiders fans will tell you that he tried to inspire Kelly in a way that Sapp never could, and he helped change the culture. When Tom Cable finally got us to 8-8 and a game behind KC for the division title two years ago, no one was more responsible for it than Big Rich.

    These last two seasons Seymour has broken down, and he definitely won’t be a Raider any longer, but damn, he’s a Raider lifer to me.

  23. raiderapologist says: Dec 12, 2012 10:10 PM

    rc33 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:23 AM

    Meanwhile, with the draft pick obtained for Seymour, New England has its left tackle for the next 10 years.
    Sey’s been a good player in Oakland but that trade never made sense for a rebuilding team.
    Like Oakland.
    The Raiders have a pretty decent left tackle as well, and it only cost them a 3rd round pick. And Seymour wasn’t traded to a rebuilding team. Davis didn’t rebuild, but they are now, and Seymour will be moving on. But he was good for the Raiders. He brought leadership and a stout inside presence to the line. And if Oakland had held on to the pick, they probably would have drafted Titus Young, or some other loser.

  24. mullman76 says: Dec 14, 2012 9:48 AM

    Big Rich will head back to the east coast- it’s been a fun ride but it’s all over now.

    At least the Raiders have a one year head start on the rebuild over the dirty little bolts…

  25. kenstabler says: Dec 17, 2012 8:30 PM

    The only foot you put forward was an off sides always at the wrong time of a game, or a stupid unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, Plus you can’t play a whole season. Retire, or go back to Boston.

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