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Report: Seymour, Raiders ink two-year, 30M deal

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Report: Seymour, Raiders ink two-year, 30M deal

Feb. 16, 2011RAIDERS NEWS RAIDERS VIDEO

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

With a mere 16 days remaining until the collective bargaining agreement expires and the wheels of doing business in the NFL come to a screeching halt, the Raiders have come to a contract agreement with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Richard Seymour, Sports Illustrated has reported.The two-year deal is worth a potential 30 million, with 22.5-million guaranteed.RELATED: Richard Seymour stats splits game logsSeymour maintained he wanted to remain a Raider throughout last season and was asked if hed spread the word to other potential free agents about coming to Oakland.I definitely invite anybody to come in, Seymour said on Dec. 29, when he was announced as a Pro Bowler. Its a great place to play. The fans are unlike any others in the league. Theyre definitely committed, and they want the same type (of) players to play in this organization. The history of being here, the mystique of putting that silver and black on and representing the Raiders, its been a lifelong dream for me and, hopefully, it continues. Obviously, you always want to be where youre wanted. If Im wanted, Im definitely open for anything.
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Seymour, obtained in a September, 2009 trade with New England for a first-round pick in the 2011 upcoming draft (the Patriots will select 17th overall; the Raiders second-rounder is No. 48 overall), had perhaps his finest overall season, what with his combination of production and leadership after moving from end to right tackle exclusively in the Raiders 4-3 scheme. Despite missing three games with a strained hamstring, he had 5 sacks, the second-highest total of his career, added 11 quarterback hurries and a posted career-high 36 solo tackles, all while constantly fighting off double teams. You may not think it was a good trade, Raiders owner Al Davis said of acquiring Seymour for a first-round selection. I thought it was a great trade. Still do.
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He played this past season under Oaklands franchise tag designation and was paid 12.4 million. With his combination of age hell be 32 next season and value not only to the defense in particular, but to the locker room as a whole, making him an attractive target on the open market he was a prime candidate to be tagged again. Unless the Raiders could lock him up to a multi-year deal. Had he been slapped with the tag again, Seymour would have been due a 120 pay raise, up to 14.88 million, or the new franchise number, whichever would be higher. According to Macs Football blog, Seymour would have received between 14.273 million and 15.57 million, depending upon whether Oakland used the exclusive or non-exclusive tag on him.RELATED: Zach Miller stats
Instead, now the Raiders can purportedly use the tag on Zach Miller to keep the Pro Bowl tight end from hitting the open market, whenever a new CBA is agreed upon. With current CBA rules in effect, Miller would be a restricted free agent, meaning the Raiders would be able to match any contract offers coming Millers way. That could be expensive, though, and the expected franchise number for tight ends for 2011 is 7.285 million.
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As far as Seymour is concerned, he now has at least two years of security and could make twice the amount he would have as a one-year franchise tag. Plus, he was already talking about the future in Oakland back in the regular seasons final week. More importantly, we would like to play in the postseason than playing in this game, Seymour said of the Pro Bowl, which he pulled out of due to his hamstring. Thats really going to be the next step for usgetting over the hump, having a great offseason, a great draft, a great workout and really, just taking the next step as a football team and (getting) everybody on board to take that step together.

Injury report: CB Sean Smith questionable; Washington TE Reed's status uncertain

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Injury report: CB Sean Smith questionable; Washington TE Reed's status uncertain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Raiders are remarkably healthy heading into Sunday night’s game against the Washington football club.

The entire 53-man roster practiced fully on Friday, before heading to the nation’s capital.

That includes veteran cornerback Sean Smith, who missed the previous game with a neck injury. A shoulder ailment cropped up during the week, which prompted the Raiders to label him questionable heading into Week 3. Smith’s the only Raider on the injury report, and even he’s in decent shape.

“I mean we put it on there because there’s still a little bit of a question,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “You don’t have probable’s anymore. Given the choices, I just left him that way.”

That means the Raiders are going to have some healthy scratches a week after Smith was the only injured player sitting out.

Washington has some impact players on the mend. That included tight end Jordan Reed, who is questionable with a rib/sternum injury. He stands 6-foot-2, 246 pounds and is the type of receiving tight end that gives the Raiders fits. He has 1,638 yards 17 touchdowns the last two seasons, using good hands and a large frame to create mismatches in the secondary.

It’ll be key for the Raiders to defend him well if he’s active, with Nicholas Morrow as a primary coverage option.

“We’re prepared to face him,” Del Rio said. “We think he’s a good player. We’ll approach it that way and adjust if he doesn’t go.”

Washington also lists starting inside linebacker Mason Foster and running back Rob Kelley as questionable.

Raiders Injury Report
Questionable
CB Sean Smith (neck/shoulder)

Washington Injury Report
Questionable

TE Jordan Reed (rib/sternum), LB Mason Foster (shoulder), RB Rob Kelley (rib), S Monate Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder)

Karl Joseph living up to first-round billing with early impact for Raiders

Karl Joseph living up to first-round billing with early impact for Raiders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Raiders safety Karl Joseph notched his first career forced fumble in Week 2’s blowout victory over the New York Jets. It came on his first sack, where he bent around a tackle into the pocket and devoured his pray.

Joseph recovered the ball, and the Raiders quickly scored a touchdown. The second-year pro enjoyed that moment, but left the game with regrets.

"I should have definitely had more sacks than I did,” Joseph said. “I feel like I should have had three.”

Joseph had quarterback Josh McCown in the crosshairs three times, and feels like he should’ve finished each one. The game plan provided opportunity. Joseph blitzed six times – fellow safety Reggie Nelson attacked thrice – and pressured the quarterback four times.

It was a relatively new responsibility, considering he blitzed nine times all last year. Joseph will be first to say he was a different player then. He was less explosive, more tentative and a smidge less confident, lingering effects from an ACL tear during his final college season. Joseph was cleared to play as a rookie but wasn’t all the way back, doubly hampered by missing an offseason program where rookies grow quick.

"I wasn’t completely myself,” Joseph said in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports California. “I feel a lot more like myself this year. I obviously feel better physically, and the year of experience in the system has definitely helped. So has adjusting to the NFL life. That’s been an easier transition for me.”

Joseph is playing more like his highlight reel from West Virginia, where he proved a heavy hitter and a solid cover man worthy of last year’s No. 14 overall draft pick. The Jets game isn’t the only evidence of that.

Joseph had an excellent training camp, flashing an aggressive style and solid timing making plays in practice. That translated to the regular-season opener at Tennessee, when he saved a touchdown on consecutive plays. The first came on an open-field tackle. The second was a leaping pass breakup in the end zone, proof positive that Joseph was ready to make a big impact.

"He’s really good close to the line of scrimmage,” defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said. "He’s a really good tackler in the open field. He also plays well on the back end. I think his development is right on time right now.”

The Raiders recognize that, and are using him like a queen on the chessboard. He can move back or forward, as an attacker or the last line of defense. He’s a rover at times, with an ability to create havoc at all levels of the defense.

Joseph is an excellent fit for the defensive scheme, bring a tone-setting physicality to the secondary. He is learning, as part of his development, that the nuclear option isn’t always best. There are times when it is, and Joseph enters those scenarios without fear.

"You can’t play worried about getting hurt. That’s not the way I play,” Joseph said. “It’s about being smart. I had to adjust my game coming into the NFL. Every hit can’t be a big hit. Sometimes you have to be smart and just wrap people up, but you can’t ever play scared.”

He isn’t afraid to take risks or attack when asked, and is already making a major impact on this year’s defense. That isn’t a surprise. It’s expected of first-round picks.

"That’s what he’s supposed to do. He’s supposed to make plays,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s a guy we selected because we thought he’d be a guy that could come in and impact on our defense. In the first two games of this year he’s played well. There are still things, like I tell you all the time, that have cleaning up to do, work to do, things to improve on, but he’s off to a good start and obviously it follows up from a good offseason. Healthy, a lot of good work and confidence that he’s gaining as we go.”