Seymour `exclusive’ franchise player


The Raiders think so much of Richard Seymour even two first-round draft picks wouldn’t suffice as compensation.

Although the club has made no announcement, Seymour was the only one of six franchise players league wide to be given the “exclusive” designation, meaning no other teams can negotiate with him, according to an NFL press release.

The Raiders have since summed up their most signifcant personnel move of the offseason in two sentences and 24 words on their Web site.

As a non-exclusive franchise free agent, Seymour would have been free to field other offers, with the Raiders getting the choice to either match the offer or accept a pair of first-round draft picks in return. That would be twice as much as they paid New England to get him, having shipped their 2011 first-round pick to the Patriots.

As an exclusive free agent, Seymour will receive a minimum of $12.398 million for the season. The exclusive designation gives the player the average of the top five salaries at his position in 2009 (the $12.398 figure), the average of the top five salaries as of April 15, 2010, or 120 percent of their salary the previous year, whichever figure is greater.

If Julius Peppers lands a monster contract during free agency, it could drive Seymour’s 2010 price up.

The Raiders also used the exclusive designations with Charles Woodson and Nnamdi Asomugha.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • RaiderRon

    Yeah, Brandon Meyers is a future Pro Bowler. I mean seriously, he was a big difference maker last year. LOL

    The losing season streak is directly related to Al Davis’s ability to draft Einstein.

    Brandon Meyers…..LOL!!!!!!!!!

  • RaiderRon

    I am going to type this in all caps so maybe you can understand……


  • jhill


    So if a guy isn’t a pro bowler, he didn’t fill a need?


    Awww man, you are a classic of an idiot poster.

  • RaiderRon

    Brandon Meyers???? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RaiderRon

    Doesnt have to be a Pro Bowler, how bout just a good player? DHB, Russell, McFadden, Huff. None of them are good players.

  • RaiderRon

    Did Brandon Meyers even have a catch last year??

  • DKnight007

    Dakota Says:
    February 26th, 2010 at 9:03 am
    Anything new other than the Raiders being fukin retarded?

    Why use the exclusive tag on Seymour? Why not let him shop his services, and if he signs a deal that we like we match, if we don’t like it we take that teams TWO FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS!


    I swear to god Al is brain dead these days.

    Nothing good is happening…as always.

    The next stupid thing that the old man will do will be on draft day! LOL

  • Nnamdi21

    jhill Says:
    February 26th, 2010 at 11:04 am
    They tried to GIVE the MLB position to Ricky Brown last year. Clear sign that they are not happy with Kirk.

    The question is simply is Mario Henderson the guy at LT. If not, I think we go best athlete on the board.


    No doubt. Morrison and MLB is an issue that MUST be addressed!!!

    Henderson will be fine I think IF Gallery stays healthy.

    Trent Williams on the right side would be a good start to rebuilding the line, but CENTER is the most important position in the ZBS and Satele is NOT the man.

    Need a FB too.

    Lot of needs in O town so Al will take the fastest heighth-weight-speed specimen he always does.

  • stvvon

    good business, Not many is like seymour, let’s keep him. I feel this is a good choice. No such thing as addition by subtraction.