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.

McKenzie, Del Rio ‘unified since Day 1,’ ushering Raiders into next phase

McKenzie, Del Rio ‘unified since Day 1,’ ushering Raiders into next phase

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Jack Del Rio have done three pre-draft press conferences now. They’ve got the routine down, knowing when to deflect questions, when to put people off the scent and, more importantly, how to seem unpredictable.

They were in lockstep again Friday, less than a week before the 2017 NFL Draft.

During their first, McKenzie offered one criticism of his head coach.

“Can you guys get Jack out of my office?” McKenzie said in 2015, with tongue firmly in cheek.

The rhetorical question was answered with a laugh. McKenzie was acknowledging how much Del Rio and staff wanted to support the scouting process. McKenzie ultimately pulls the trigger on draft day, but Del Rio has a loud voice in the room as he looks for players who fit his locker room and his schemes.

McKenzie has open ears, taking advice from the entire coaching staff while arranging his draft board. This time of year especially, coaches and scouts are working together.

“It’s been unified since Day 1,” Del Rio said. “Reggie and I are very unified and much on the same mission and that is to bring a world championship home to this organization. Everything we’re doing is attacking that, adding these impact players where we can.”

The pair was focused on improving a lackluster roster that featured Derek Carr and Khalil Mack but finished 3-13 the year before. Now their partnership is entering Phase II.

They must decide which players to add, and decide which previously drafted players to keep. There are some obvious extensions in the works, with Carr, Mack and Gabe Jackson. They had to let some homegrown talent go in free agency as they attempt to upgrade depth and build a championship roster that can build on last year’s success.

“There’s a whole different phase that we’re about to go through as an organization as you begin to mature, some of those players have to be re-signed or not. Those are decisions you have to make in all of this. This is year three for us working together and I feel like the relationship with the scouts and the coaches and the sharing of information is excellent. We want to continue to work that way.”

Locals among cornerbacks who can help Raiders early in NFL Draft

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Locals among cornerbacks who can help Raiders early in NFL Draft

The Raiders have an opening in their secondary.

Finding a slot cornerback is a top priority with DJ Hayden now in Detroit. TJ Carrie is an option there, but the Raiders could add a young, versatile talent capable of taking a more prominent role down the line.

That’s true despite the fact Sean Smith signed a free-agent deal through 2019 last year and David Amerson received a contract extension through the 2020 season. Those contracts, however, become pay-as-you-go deals after this season.

The dead money goes away, freeing the Raiders to look for long-term upgrades if they see fit.

Head coach Jack Del Rio loves creating competition and depth, especially at such an important position in today’s NFL. The Raiders like larger, physical cornerbacks with ball skills, and there are plenty in this year’s draft.

Many analysts have the Raiders taking a cornerback at No. 24 overall, and that’s a realistic possibility. They could certainly look to help last year’s No. 24-ranked secondary in the early rounds.

Let’s take a look at some top options available in this week’s draft:

Good fits:There are quite a few quality cornerbacks who could be available at No. 24 overall, even if there’s an early run on the position.

Oakland native and Washington alum Kevin King visited the Raiders during the pre-draft process, and certainly fits what the Raiders like in a cornerback. He’s confident and aggressive, unafraid to use great physical traits to make plays on the ball. He’s tall and long and isn’t afraid to tackle.

USC’s Adoree Jackson has the quality ball skills the Raiders like, and is adept high-pointing the ball. Analysts say he can play several coverage techniques and has the agility to make up for mistakes. He can work in the slot, but at 5-foot-10 isn’t as tall as the Raiders like. They’d have to take him in the first round. He may not last beyond that.

San Jose native and Colorado product Chidobe Awuzie is another interesting local defensive back ready to turn pro. He can play outside or in the slot, and analysts say he has excellent one-on-one coverage skills but needs tackling work. He was a solid slot blitzer at Colorado, and could fill an immediate need crucial against so many three and four receiver sets.

Louisiana State’s Tre’Davious White has experience playing the slot, and could help right away there before transferring outside if asked. He can cover extremely well, though analysts say he isn’t much of a tackler. He might be a tweener as far as the Raiders are concerned, not worthy of the No. 24 pick but long gone before the Raiders pick in the second round.

Central Florida’s Shaquill Griffin visited the Raiders this spring, and rightfully so. A willing run defender with good ball skills and tackling ability who could be available in the third round should intrigue them.