The Raiders have gone into their stealth mode regarding defensive lineman Richard Seymour, but in not attempting to distance themselves from him, enhanced speculation the two sides could be working on a contract.
“I really have nothing to report, nothing has changed at this point,” Cable said.
When asked if he was hopeful Seymour would be a part of the team, Cable said, “I am hopeful, yes,” adding that he doesn’t know if he would be able to play against the San Diego Chargers in the opener.
Asked if Seymour could play if he arrived Thursday, Cable said, `Sure.”
Finally, Cable was asked if the two sides were working on a longterm deal.
“I’m not going to comment on any of that until we have something that’s done and concrete,” Cable said.
In a conference call with Boston area writers, coach Bill Belichick responded to Cable’s comments Monday about there being an issue between “(Seymour and the Patriots).”
“We don’t have the rights to Richard, so I can’t really speak to that,” Belichick told reporters in Foxboro. “There really isn’t anything I can say about him or his situation.”
Seymour is listed on the Raiders roster without a number, and his acquisition is listed on the transactions page at Raiders.com
How long can Seymour be in limbo? As long as the two clubs agree, it’s open ended, according to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.
“This is an issue between the clubs,” Aiello said. “Any comment on this situation would have to come from the clubs.”
ESPN reported the Raiders restructured the contracts of Cornell Green and Paul McQuistan to accomodate Seymour’s $3.7 million salary. His cap number could go either up or down if a new deal is done, depending on the terms.
“Hopefully he will be here soon. A veteran player. He’s won championships, he could bring so much to this locker room with leadership, like Greg Ellis did,” linebacker Thomas Howard said. “A guy who’s known for playing the run exceptionally well. And we’ve had issues with that. There’s no secrets behind that, so hopefully he can come in here and help us.”
Howard believes Seymour could be added to the defense late in the week and still be a contributor.
“If we found a good role for him where he could be very familiar with what he’s used to doing, I think it could work,” Howard said. “It’s all about finding that role. ”
Said strong side linebacker Ricky Brown: “Hopefully he can get here as soon as possible because I know there are 52 guys that want to play with him.”
More practice notes to come later . . .