Raiders mum on Seymour


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 . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kelly, Warren, Seymour & Bryant will make a nice DT rotation.

    Ellis, Shaughnessy, Seymour & Richardson will make a nice group of base ends.

    Trevor Scott being the situational pass rusher ala Chris Clemons in 2007

    I hope Capt Kirk plays fearless against Sandy Eggo. I know he’s playing hurt, but your MLB better be able to read the offense and smash a RB behind the line of scrimmage, can’t rely on the safeties for run support (again). I can just see Tyvon Branch getting run over by Tomlinson with a full head of steam and Raider fans everywhere calling for DC Marshall to bench him in favor of rookie Mike Mitchell

  • NoMoreFargas

    What’s the word on Seymour in town yet and no bs I hear he is on a flight or he is getting his family set , season is less than a week away he must want a new contract for sure.

  • 16yearsold16yearfan

    I just heard we were trying to get wilfork back in april while we were first trying to trade burgess but the pats didn’t want to give him up so I guess that’s why we didn’t get seymour until now because al and belichick couldn’t agree on which player and how much he was worth

  • RaiderRockstar

    BSJ: Langston Walker played at Cal under new Raiders offensive line coach Jim Michalczik.

    he’s not a system fit?

    by the way, he left in FA. we didn’t cut him

  • BSJ,

    I’m not Bi-polar, but I do have OCD!!
    Cut GREEN!!
    Cut Watkins!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Nick Miller = Chris Carr

    bring back Justin Miller!

    I don’t care if he’s the 4th or 5th CB, Nick Miller is the 6th or 7th WR …

  • RaiderRockstar

    The players have Wednesday off. If Seymour isn’t here by Thursday night’s practice at The Coliseum, this will go from a nuisance to a pounding headache. As simple as the Raiders defense is, it’ll take more than one Friday practice to get Seymour ready.

    -David White (SF Gate)

  • Lizard King,
    L Walker is a bust, Buffalo is in worse shape than us. They fired their O coord. a week before the season. It couldn’t be worse for them if their coach punched the owners wife!!!

    2nd try; are we back to posting too fast again???!?!?!?
    3rd try
    4th try
    5th try
    6th try

  • I see Branch as another FS ( he played CB at UConn), and I wonder: why the …. Is this guy playing SS in FS???!!!! We are doing the same thing we did with Huff!!!!!!!!!!!


    Play him at FS!!!
    If Mitchell is not ready to start, I don’t think he is, then sign Pollard and let him play SS & Branch at FS.

  • Raider O Says:
    September 9th, 2009 at 8:09 am

    I’m not Bi-polar, but I do have OCD!!
    hahahah, Dakota tried to say I have OCD because I repeated a post from 2 weeks ago. I don’t think he knows what it means.

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 9th, 2009 at 8:06 am
    BSJ: Langston Walker played at Cal under new Raiders offensive line coach Jim Michalczik.

    he’s not a system fit?

    by the way, he left in FA. we didn’t cut him


    I realize he left in FA, and we all roared at how the Bills overpaid for a guy we didn’t want to keep because we WERE SWITCHING TO A ZBS.

    I don’t believe Michalczik was running Cable’s ZBS at Cal with Walker back then.

    If we bring in Langston, even for a tryout, I will admit to being wrong…but if we are clearly needing more depth at RT and we still don’t look at him, then Cable and Michalczik must feel he is not a fit.

    Moreover, you watched Walker here RRS. Did he look at all mobile to you? Did he protect Andrew very well?

  • Langston Walker is who we thought he was…end of story

    I am just hoping that:
    a. Roy Scheuning can replace Carlisle this season
    b. Khalif Barnes is willing to play RT
    c. Richard Seymour signs a 3-year deal with Al,TONIGHT
    d. Satele figures out the line calls so he can start
    e. Schilens comes back quickly and at 100%
    f. McFadden starts
    g. Crabtree delivers on his promise to sit-out 2009

  • TW,

    Damn Reps, they like to call everyone (who doesn’t agree with them or their views) Crazy!!!!

    Cut Green!!!
    Cut Williams!!!

    Who has OCD?! 😉

    Sign Pollard!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Danny Southwick’s twitter page:


  • RaiderRockstar

    they like to call everyone (who doesn’t agree with them or their views) Crazy!!!!


    throwing rocks in a glass house?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Moreover, you watched Walker here RRS. Did he look at all mobile to you? Did he protect Andrew very well?


    typical democrat. none of the brains, all of the attitude

    Cornell Green: started last 2 years at RT – 26 starts, 2 holding calls, 14 false starts, 14.5 sacks allowed

    Langston Walker: started last 2 years at RT – 32 starts, 4 holding calls, 1 false start, 5 sacks allowed

    Walker played in Oakland for 5 years and you’re gonna condemn him based on his 2006 performance alone? what about Gallery & Grove?

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • typical democrat. none of the brains, all of the attitude
    Actually NUG, your side screams about the “elite” meaning those with a good education meanwhile you support the stupidist Prez we’ve ever had!!! AND your side has ALL the attitude! SAY NO TO EVERYTHING, if you can’t win the arguement yell louder & lie!!!
    Besides I’m not a Dem but will claim to be liberal.

  • PatriotNation

    Hey, TrueRaider, where do you get off lecturing people for discussing mogadishu? Unlike your pizzant country, we have freedom of speech here in America. We’ll talk about anything we want to. If you don’t like it get off the board.

  • PatriotNation

    Guys, I wouldn’t expect too much out of seymour. he hasn’t been the same player after his injury a couple of years ago and his skills have declined drastically from his early years when he was a true beast. Now, he takes plays off all the time and hasn;t shown anything for the last 3 years. Maybe he’ll revive his career out on the west coast but part of BB’s reputation involves knowing when to get rid of used up players, so i wouldn’t count on it.
    I can’t believe davis gave us a #1 pick for this guy. Good luck with him.

  • fingers

    I agree, all our enemys( most everybody) hate this deal so it’s probley a great trade for the Raiders…… And if the Raiders are able to stop the run then it’s worth it….. Seymour will turn 30 soon and that’s hardly over the hill… He’s good for 3 to 4 years at least… I don’t buy that he’s injury prone either… This is football, Players from all teams get hurt.. Same with Cable punching a coach… You’d be suprised how many teams get into fights between teamates, It’s just because it’s the Raiders that they make a big deal outta it..

  • fingers

    Patriotnation… And Burgress hasn’t done anything except whine and sit our games because of injuries…. Did Seymour have 8 sacks last year?… Wait till the jets, miami run at Burgess and you watch him wiff at the runners…. Enjoy Burgess while you can… He’ll be injured by week 4…. Again

  • PatriotNation

    Fingers, if there as a point there I didn’t see it. You’re comparing apples and oranges anyhow, the main difference being that we didn’t give up a top 10 draft pick for burgess.
    In any case, I hope sey works out for you guys. He once was a dominant player and maybe he’ll regain that form.
    I’ve actually always liked the raiders, as long as they’re not playing the pats, so i wish you all success.