Deals with Seymour, Seabass require some thought


NFL teams were able to designate franchise and transition players as of today and can do so for the next two weeks.

During that time, the Raiders can be expected to lock up defensive end Richard Seymour and place kicker Sebastian Janikowski, whether through the tagging process or long-term deals. If last season is any indication, when Nnamdi Asomugha and Shane Lechler became the highest paid players at their positions, both are feeling good about breaking the bank themselves.

However, there’s a chance both could come away disappointed _admittedly a relative term when millions of dollars are being discussed.

Oh, they’ll still be Raiders, but it’s probably unrealistic to think they’ll come away with the kind of deals Asomugha and Lechler received, contracts which stunned not only the players involved but the rest of the NFL.

Seymour is classified as an end for purposes of his tag, meaning he would earn $13,398.000 if he doesn’t come to a long-term agreement. If given the exclusive tag, it could be more, as his deal would be recalculated with the top five salaries at his position as of April 15.

But Seymour isn’t looking for a year-to-year existence, no matter the salary. He will turn 31 during the 2010 season and is looking for what could be his last big score. Given that he’s a unique player given his ability to move inside as well as play at the end, and the fact that he has five Pro Bowls under his belt and three Super Bowl rings, his agent, Eugene Parker, will be looking closely at three contracts while setting his price.

The two highest paid defensive ends are Minnesota’s Jared Allen (six years, $74 million, $31 million guaranteed) and Indianapolis’ Dwight Freeney (six years, $72 million, $30 million guaranteed) and Washington defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (seven years, $100 million, $41 million guaranteed).

With the later years of the deal so much window dressing, the guaranteed money is the issue. Seymour, who wisely went on record saying how much he enjoyed it in Oakland, probably can’t be brought home with less than $35 million in guaranteed money. Parker could reasonably request Seymour be made the highest paid lineman in the NFL.

For all his accomplishments, that’s a huge figure for someone who had four sacks in 16 games (including two in the opener) and whose presence couldn’t prevent the Raiders from being one of the most porous teams in the NFL against the run.

After giving up a first-round draft pick in 2011, allowing Seymour to walk isn’t an option. Unless the Raiders are willing to pay him the huge guarantee, or can get back a first-round draft pick, they’ll be looking at keeping him with a franchise tag and paying the $13,398.000. Given Asomugha’s age and level of performance, it was an easier call to write the check for his three-year deal than it will be with Seymour.

In past years, franchising Seymour would have meant Janikowski would be a free man. Not so in the absence of a collective bargaining agreement. With no CBA in place, teams can use both franchise and transition tags. In Janikowski’s case, the franchise tag is $2,814,000, the transition tag $2,629,000.

Janikowski knows what Lechler received _ $16 million over four years, $9 million guaranteed.

But it’s hard to make the case that Janikowski should get anything approaching what Lechler got. Lechler has been among the NFL’s premiere punters since he arrived in 2000. Janikowski, in 2009, enjoyed his first truly elite season as a place kicker.

What he does have in common with Lechler is that Al Davis is proud of the draft where he got both his kickers, getting Janikowski in the first round and Lechler in the fifth.

This year’s climate may not be conducive to long-term contracts with big money paid up front. Salaries won’t be paid in the event of a 2011 work stoppage. Bonus money is out the window.

As you may have noticed, blog postings have slowed in the absence of news but are will pick up as events warrant . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderLen

    24, I agree.

    The deal is this. If we had a Peyton Manning or a Drew Brees, the “Vick to the Raiders” topic would be moot.

    Because we suck, many of us grasp at straws for solutions.

    Fix the lines. Measure the results.

    🙂 That’s my mantra ala SnB.

    I think I’ll now post repeatedly about the lines.

  • buckeyeraider

    Hello raider Nation,
    Kell, What do you mean the Raiders couldn’t figure out how to use Randy Moss? Everybody remembers how the Sad saga ended in Oakland, but few remember how it began.Randy Moss came out like gangbusters in Oakland, his first year under Norv. Season opener vs. New England 74 yrd touchdown. Made Rodney Harrison look silly in the open field. Week 2 vs KC..68 yd td. 2nd td called back on bogus penalty. His 1st season as Raider began to unravel wk 5, vs SD. Got absolutely mugged by 2 charger db’s. Kneed in the groin.No flags. A move that caused former Raider lb Danny Clark to pound LT in the gnads in a pileup, in retaliation. Moss missed a few games that year but played hard, and played hurt. I believe he ended up with about 1,000 yds and 8-10 td’s. It was the following year in Shell’s B&B offense with a struggling rookie Andrew Walter at QB, that Moss quit on his teammates, and acted like a pouting little Biotch. He had to go, and I’ve hated his punk azz ever since.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Vegas, I know you’re enjoying a kickass buffet, but it’s only 5 months until the Great Baja Adventure. You gotta fix that diet, pal, if you wanna mack on some of the hottest chicas this side of Selma Hayek.

    Them senoritas don’t take to kindly to American bloggers with beer guts.

    And don’t believe Krappy’s little diversionary tale about him going to Copenhagen with his ancient Navy pals.

    You know what a big silly buns Krap Krap is – he’s just trying to build anticipation.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Man, this rookie game is kickass!

    Especially when you’ve got a few underage swimsuit models making guacamole at my mini bar.


  • RaiderLen

    Senoir Beecham, Pardon the interuption of the party with the teenybopers and guacamole.

    How does this affect an improvement of our OL and DL?

  • Lil Beech

    I’ve posted pix’s of myself in Switzerland and Tanzania. I don’t have to lie about Copenhagen.

    But YOU. You start the Baja fantasy after I went to Cancun.

    You just want to be like me, pootbutt.

  • Senior Beeecham

    Because when Al starts blowing picks on draft day, I’ll be kicking back with my honies and tasty dip and the stress will roll right off my martini glass.

    You gotta try it, broham. A ton of these blog-o-dorks will be whining about canceling their season tickets or becoming Charger fans when Al picks Taylor Mays.

    But if you kick it hardcore with the babes and get loose with a few margs, your draft day will turn out righteous no matter what!

  • Karlos Dansby, Arizona Cardinals (29)
    Dansby has played pretty well for the Cardinals, but isn’t making the number of impact plays we’ve seen out of him in the past. Quite frankly, the linebackers as a unit have been a big problem for the defense this year. At the top of his game, Dansby is one of the better scheme-diverse linebackers in the league and will likely have a number of teams lined up ready to woo him this offseason if the Cardinals don’t make an early offer. After their exit from the postseason, Dansby said that no contract negotiations have begun and wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t playing in Arizona next season.

    Barrett Ruud, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (27) – Restricted FA (UFA-CBA)
    Locking the young middle linebacker up should be a priority for the Buccaneers and with all the cap room they have, it’s a little surprising they couldn’t get it done midseason. Ruud is one of the league’s best pure tacklers and has great instincts. Ruud’s new deal should be in the area of what Bart Scott received the past offseason (6 years, $48 million) from the Jets. He’s the leader of the defense now and will consistently be among league leaders in tackles for the next several years, as he is again this year. There hasn’t been much said about Ruud and a long-term extension over the last few weeks, unless it’s happening totally behind closed doors.

  • buckeyeraider

    Finally clicked on your link and saw the pictures the other night. Congratulations. You seemed to have done well for yourself and your family. Hope you enjoy your golden years in Switzerland.

  • Karlos Dansby, and/or Barrett Ruud and/or Joey Porter in the mix along with Peppers!!

    Mark my words Raider Nation…..Playoffs!!

  • Senior Beeecham

    Krappy, why would I want to be an elderly, bitter plagiarist with my sweatpants full of man chili?

    And who the heck knows who are in your pictures, it’s so dark it could be any one. Heck, I thought you posted a few shots of the Nutty Professor hanging out with the tribesmen.

    Krappy, you’ve had some epic meltdowns all week and I feel another one coming soon. So excited!

  • RaiderLen

    If Al were to sign any or all of the players mentioned he couldn’t do worse then the Jivin Walker, T Kelley, and D hall sighnings.

  • buckeyeraider

    Antonio Pierce made those disparaging remarks about the Raiders after the Giant game this year. He said it was almost like a scrimmage instead of an NFL game. But the reason he made them was he was a lifelong Raider fan, growing up as a kid in LA, and it pained him to see his favorite team take a butt whooping like that, without putting up much of a fight. If healthy, he could be a nice signing. He is a physical, play making MLB.

  • RaiderLen


    Any Player, at any salary. I don’t care how it gets done.

    Find a way to win.

  • buckeyeraider

    I would still rather see Al make a push for Karlos Dansby. If they could pry him from AZ with some of those free agent dollars Al’s been throwing around lately, that would be epic. That guy is a stud. He’s also a lot younger than Pierce. If they could plug the gaping hole at MLB in free agency, that would allow them focus the draft on the offensive and defensive lines. And maybe a corner to groom as CJ Johnson’s eventual replacement/nickle back.

  • RaiderLen


    If The old man can plug holes immediateley with money, especially at critical positions, like MLB, I’m all for it.

    That leaves more bulletts in the gun come draft day.

    I wouldn’t want to build a long term soulution through free agency, but if the Raiders are smart, mabey they can find a good mix between free agency, draft, and trade.

  • jhill

    6 years 48 million to a MLB named Rudd? Seems a bit more than we need to pay. For that coin, I’d prefer to go with a MLB at 8.

  • buckeyeraider

    Hopefully Dansby had a decent relationship with Pendergast as his DC in AZ. Maybe Clancy, (along with some of Al’s crazy cash) could be instrumental in luring Karlos to Oaktown. Same goes for Hue Jackson. Maybe he could help recruit Marshall Yanda to follow him from Baltimore. I believe he could help bolster the right side of the OL at guard or tackle. Couple those moves with a nice draft, and the Raiders would have one hell of an offseason.

  • Buckey, I don’t really care how much money Al spends this offseason..I’m tired of losing! I want the Silver & Black back in the playoffs, back to winning! Hell…he could spend twice as much then Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones put together…I DON’T CARE!!! JUST WIN BABY!!!!

  • buckeyeraider

    I agree with you. The best way to build a team is through the draft. The Daniel Snyder fantasy football model of throwing money at all the big name free agents doesn’t work. That being said, you can’t ignore free agency as a way to improve your football team. Signing a couple of young free agents to fill some key holes in this roster, along with a solid draft, would be ideal. We all know Al Davis is willing to spend the money, he just hasn’t spent it wisely, here lately.

  • buckeyeraider

    Goodnight Folks.

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great night to be a Raiders fan. Isn’t it?

    Now, KK — As much as you keep trying to tell everybody WAY TOO MUCH about yourself…it’s almost impossible to NOT know exactly who you are.

    Some of us in here already know who you are, where you work and live, what you drive, who your friends are, what your wife looks like, exactly where your property is…and even MORE than that, but I don’t want to elaborate on that stuff.

    Some of us in here can actually have disagreements with you (don’t we all, at some point?), and not be a problem to you outside this format.

    BUT…this is a sick sick world, and you are being even more irresponsible with your/your family’s personal info, than you are with your ridiculous nonsense about blaming Al Davis for every problem in the East bay.

    KK — We aren’t pals…but I know you have a responsible life outside this blog. You’d be even more responsible by censoring your own comments sometimes.

    Unless you don’t really care how much the crazies in the world know about you. In that case…


    This message brought to you by HD37 — doing my part to keep the blogwaves safe.

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap….guess what I saw?…I miss da feetball!

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap,…..all y`all ready fo sum football? Oh hells ya. of snap i miss ma raiduhs.

  • Senior Beeecham

    It’s true, Krappy is a very disturbed / deranged old freak who should be locked inside a space shuttle and blasted to another galaxy.

    But I’ll accept getting the wacky old goof into a good senior care home where he can get the attention he needs – and deserves.

    Then he can regale all the other geezers with all of his made up stories about visiting foreign countries, building his chalet in Switzerland and remodeling his 1 bdr apt.

    The Opening Ceremonies kick butt!

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap,..whos y`alls favorite Raiduh?…mines # 2!…oooooh snap! luv dat brudduh.

  • Biz Markie

    Oh snap!…dat dude on dat loogie car, he died!..oh snap! rest in peace you crazy fool, dat littel go cart is whack!

  • Oh snap….guess it’s past my bed time!!
    Good Night Raider Nation!!

  • priesttj

    I’m of the same mind as most posting here today. If we fix the Oline this team gets much better. The reason I start with the Oline is because if we can stay on the field the defense benefits greatly. You can’t run or pass if you can’t protect. If you can run you can pass. If you can pass you can score. If you can score you can force the other team to score and if their forced to score that helps your defense tremendously. Teams can’t run nearly as much if they are one dimensional. Which is what happens when you must score to keep up. That allows the defense to pinback their ears and rush the QB (means blitzes attack the offense) and force t/o’s.

    Now we aren’t close t becoming either the Colts or the Saints. But the way you beat both teams is by running down their throats and scoring TD’s eating clock and making the one dimensional. Our defense when it does have a lead(rarely) it is very good. As we saw against some of the better teams in the league.

    Without the Oline even a great defense will suffer because they will spend the entire game on the field. Only to tire out and give up plays late in the game and lose. Haven’t we seen enough of that over the past 7 years? Fix the OLine and I think we have enough talent on offense for either of the QB’s including Russell to be very successful. With speed we have at WR Russell arm becomes very valuable. He has a gun and with the kind of speed we have in Murphy, Chaz,DHB, Watkins, Higgins and Miller. Then the TE’s this team should score. Everyone is a year older and better. That always helps.

  • Seymour Bush

    So there haven’t been any posts since 10:48? Ok then.

  • 🙂 Nation

  • WOOW…..that West Virginia Pitt game with 3 overtimes was awesome

  • Plunketthead

    A blast from the past for another dirtweed weekend.

  • Hey Plunk! hope all is good with you!

  • Plunketthead

    Kiff on Jaworkoutwarrior

    – The offseason of JaMarcus Russell.
    “He’s having a phenominal offseason. He came back 10, 11 days before we even started,” Kiffin said. “So he was with our coaches and with our strength staff before everybody else got back here five weeks ago and he hasn’t missed a thing since. Most the guys are really here three, four hours a day. He’s here about five-and-a-half, six hours a day.

    “He’s here first thing in the morning, he has position meetings in the morning, he goes in and lifts and he goes in and runs. He comes in and changes and goes back out and throws with the guys. By far he’s in the best shape since I’ve seen him, even if you go back to his pro day at college. So I know he’s real excited about the upcoming season as well.”

    The status of running back LaMont Jordan.

  • Plunketthead

    Thanks 4eva

    Everything is good as can be expected with the death of construction and my rosy future doing sidejobs going up in smoke.

    I am currently making “tubebaits” and leadheads for a fishing lure company. The pay sucks almost as much as the job itself.

    The good news is I have my health, and my tools. I even have a grubstake if I have to get licensed again to find work.

    Just waiting for Obummer to start building nukeplants here in the AZ desert.

  • Plunketthead


    Wanna a good laugh this morning?
    I have tears in my eyes.

  • Plunketthead


    Theres the link with comments to the hidden weapons email.

  • Plunketthead

    You will be able to pour your enemies a nice warm cup of lead with this fine purchase. Asking $900 for the gun/cup combo.

  • Plunketthead

    Still thirsty for justice? Try this badass M16A2 disguised as a 24-pack of soda

  • Nuke plants or give us another extension in benefits

  • Yeah I think I picked-up a side job.We let my buddy come over and hunt on the state park behing my house sooo he dont wanna lose this little strip of paradize so he gonna let me paint his garage!!!!

  • Plunketthead

    Another good one, soccer or football.

    Be A Man


  • I’ma plumber not a painter but….WHO CARES!!!!

  • Plunketthead

    I wish I could collect unenjoyment
    My pals in Vegas are getting 375 a week and the extensions keep coming

  • OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    that is some FUNNY shizzzittt PLUNK hahahahahahaaaaaahahahaahahahahaha

  • well mine ran out somehow lol

    I was on tier 2 and they ram-rodded me straight to tier 4 so I ask what happened to tier 3 and all I get is crikkets….It’s like the state of floirda stole my tier 3 benefits….So come-on Obama I been putting into the system for the last 30 years or so and now I WANT MY $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • Morning to the AM crew!

  • buckeyeraider

    Good morning Raider fans,
    The Raiders are going to have to do some creative accounting this year. I believe they already have the leagues highest payroll. Have to sign another top 10 pick. Resign Seymour and Jano long term, and on top of that hopefully bring in an impact free agent or two. I hope they have some guys willing to restructure. Warren, Huff, Kelly, and yes you too Jamarcus. They’re going to have to trim some fat off of some of those contracts.

  • buckeyeraider

    Yes, hopefully they can trim some fat off of Jamearcus as well.HaHa. Man, I hope the stories about him being in Az getting in shape are true.