May 18, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVERAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEOPaul Gutierrez
Since coming to Oakland in that highly-scrutinized trade with New England for a first-round draft pick on the eve of the 2009 season, Richard Seymour has signed contacts worth some 43 million.The defensive lineman is giving some of it back.Seymour is "personally funding" the Raiders' four-day "Team Passing Camp" next week at Competitive Edge Sports in Duluth, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta."Men, I hope everyone is well and staying in shape because we are going to out-work everyone we face this season," Seymour wrote to Raiders teammates in an email, according to Maximum Sports Management, "and it starts right now in the offseason."According to the MSM press release, Seymour is in charge of the defensive players while quarterback Jason Campbell will run the offensive players. The camp runs Monday through Thursday.Any questions about Seymour's desire to lead should be answered now. Same with Campbell, who has already been running workouts in his Northern Virginia home with receivers Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford.This, though, is taking things to the next level, what with supervised workouts by a trained staff.Many Raiders have taken to the public forum of Twitter to profess their desire to attend the camp.Still, as Campbell told NFL.com on Monday and CSN Washington on Wednesday, most, if not all of the Raiders' free agents will not risk injury by taking part. Some of Oakland's more notable free agents include cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, free safety Michael Huff, tight end Zach Miller and running back Michael Bush."The camp will feature on-field drills, weight lifting, swimming and nutritional counseling, which Seymour is personally funding," the release stated.Seymour's action in getting his locked-out teammates together on his dime speak for itself.The Raiders staff must be, strike that, should be absolutely thrilled. Even if they can't be there during the work stoppage.