By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 2:04 pm in Oakland Raiders.
On a per-year basis, it was a good deal for Richard Seymour.
From a longterm perspective, it was a good deal for the Raiders.
The two-year deal which keeps Seymour in Oakland through 2012, as confirmed by beat writer Steve Corkran, will pay $30 million over two seasons, with $22.5 million of that guaranteed. ESPN is reporting it makes Seymour the NFL’s highest paid defensive player at $15 million, although a CNN-SI graphic puts the wages of Julius Peppers this season at $15.3 million.
(No confirmation on the deal as yet from the Raiders _ the top story on Raiders.com is that the iPad app is now available).
But in this case, it’s hard to make a case for Oakland going overboard in terms of pay as they did in the cases of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, punter Shane Lechler and place kicker Sebastian Janikowski.
What Seymour got would seem to be the going rate for a regular Pro Bowl performer who showed he can still be somewhere near the very top of his game. The beauty of the deal for the Raiders is they didn’t make the mistake of making it a multi-year deal where Seymour would be due big money when clearly past his prime. Seymour will be 33 when the contract expires.
The ripple effect of the deal is this:
– It just got harder to bring back Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha isn’t going to get the $17 million or more his original deal would have brought in Oakland, but he’s a good bet to exceed the $11.5 million figure paid to Darrelle Revis this year and young enough to get a longterm deal with a big signing bonus.
But this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Al Davis made it clear Jan. 18 he loved the trade that brought Seymour to the Raiders, and seemed interested in bringing back Asomugha only if the price was right. Davis may think it more prudent to bring back both Stanford Routt and Michael Huff plus another player or two rather than sink huge money into Asomugha.
For what it’s worth (maybe not much since the Raiders of late have been getting younger, and not older) Denver free agent Champ Bailey put his house up for sale and the Broncos won’t put a franchise tag on him.
– There’s speculation that Zach Miller is now in line for the franchise tag, but I’m not so sure. Once there is a new collective bargaining agreement, there is no guarantee four-year players will be unrestricted free agents. The possibility exists that Miller and Michael Bush could be retained through tender offers, depending on the CBA. As good as Miller is, I’m not sure the Raiders are eager to pay him $7.3 million.
– As for Seymour’s pay relative to a potential salary cap, don’t be surprised if a few extra years with even more bloated salaries showed up on the deal in the event of a CBA with a cap to spread out the hit.
– The Raiders will get two more years to develop Lamarr Houston before he settles into the three-technique tackle currently manned by Seymour.
– Getting a respected veteran like Seymour to return is good for the Raiders’ league-wide reputation. He wasn’t going to get more money per season somewhere else, but on the open market, he probably could have gotten more guaranteed money in a longer term deal. His claims about wanting to remain a Raider carry with it some validity.
– Interesting to see if any other teams follow suit before the March 3 deadline and lock up their players, or if the Raiders will do more than just sign Seymour. Agent Drew Rosehnaus hopes so, and said as much on his Twitter page.