OK, this thing has floated beyond the realm of the weird, right past bizarre, and straight into the realm of those who have gone cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. (It’s the old-school way of saying “batsh-t crazy.”)
Amid a report that defensive lineman Richard Seymour will be arriving in Oakland as soon as Saturday to play for the Raiders as soon as Monday, Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reports that the NFL Players Association has filed a grievance regarding the team’s service of a “five-day letter” on Seymour.
The union, per Reiss, contends that the Raiders lack the ability to threaten Seymour with placement on the reserve/left club list. The argument will be that the procedure does not apply to players who have been traded.
It remains to be seen whether the union proposes a different procedure, or whether the union believes that the team that is trying to trade the player has the ability to send the “five-day letter.”
The bottom line is that there has to be some type of mechanism in place to compel players who aren’t happy with the fact that they’ve been traded to continue to honor the contracts they previously have signed. Otherwise, every player would have a de facto no-trade clause in his contract, allowing him to dig in his heels and refuse to move at no consequence, or possibly to show up for work — Costanza style — at a place where he no longer is employed.