For the second time in two weeks, defensive lineman Richard Seymour is talking up the possibility of joining the Raiders.
Last week, it was on Comcast SportsNet in New England. This time, it was with radio station WEEI in Boston.
Why? Because, one, it seemed like he did enjoy playing in Oakland. Second, Seymour realizes the Raiders have the franchise tag and aren’t afraid to use it.
The more Seymour talks up the Raiders, the more he’s liable to get paid on a long-term contract, rather than playing it close to the vest and settling for a franchise tag.
Al Davis made Nnamdi Asomugha the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history and Shane Lechler the highest-paid punter. Seymour’s a businessman. He understands this. And the happier he is about being a Raider, the more he’s likely to receive.
– Beat writer Steve Corkran confirms an NFL Network item which says the Raiders are interested in rehiring defensive line coach Mike Waufle. That would suggest that Dwaine Board has been given the green light to seek employment elsewhere. Board came in last season along with defensive coordinator John Marshall (who he worked with in Seattle), linebackers coach Mike Haluchak and secondary coach Lionel Washington.
– Davis was placed at the Raiders facility today, but no confirmation that he actually talked with Tom Cable. Cable wasn’t with Raiders scouts at East-West Shrine practices in Orlando, Fla., but that’s not anything out of the ordinary. The only head coaches there made in-state commutes _ Jacksonville’s Jack Del Rio and Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris.