Feb. 17, 2011
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The Oakland Raiders have re-signed Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour. This is a positive for the Raiders and his re-signing was something that the organization knew would be in play when making the move several years ago, said Oakland Raiders Head Coach Hue Jackson. Richard is an important part of our team and he continues to be highly productive and a major contributor both on and off the field.
RELATED: Richard Seymour stats splits game logsThe veteran defender is coming off his sixth Pro Bowl selection as he was voted to the AFC All-Star squad last season. Seymour was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2009, his first season with the Silver and Black.Im thrilled to be with the Silver and Black, a team that has a bright future, said Seymour, who has been named to the NFL All-Pro Team four times in 10 pro seasons. As I mentioned many times before, I see myself retiring a Raider.
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In 2010, his second season with the Raiders, Seymour moved from defensive end to defensive tackle and was a key part of a defense that tied for second in the NFL with 47 sacks and ranked 11th in the league in total defense (322.8 yards per game). Seymour registered 5.5 sacks for 34 yards in losses, 48 tackles, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery in 13 starts. He earned a Pro Bowl selection for his performance but did not play in the game due to injury.
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Seymour joined the Silver and Black via a trade with the New England Patriots prior to the 2009 season. In two years with the Raiders, Seymour has totaled 9.5 sacks, 95 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He has also recorded three multiple-sack games in two campaigns. Prior to coming to Oakland, Seymour was a member of three Super Bowl Champion teams with the Patriots. He was a four-time AP All-Pro selection with New England and earned a spot on the AFC Pro Bowl squad for five straight seasons from 2002-06. In 10 NFL seasons, Seymour has recorded 48.5 sacks, 452 tackles, 29 passes defensed and two interceptions.Oakland Raiders media services
The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.
They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.
Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.
“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”
While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.
The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.
“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.
"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”
Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.
Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.
Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.
“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”
Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.
“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”