By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 8:16 am in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders have reached a two-year deal with defensive tackle Richard Seymour which pays him a guaranteed $22.5 million over the next two years, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter.
Seymour would receive $15 million over each of the next two years _ approximately the value of his franchise figure times two _ and get a $7.5 million bonus.
(Update: The NFL Network is reporting via Jason LaCanfora it is a “multi-year” deal and does not give bonus or salary figures).
The Pro Bowl defensive tackle has maintained in public he wanted to remain a Raider, and at these numbers, this deal serves as validation. Hard to believe he couldn’t have received more on the open market.
For the Raiders, it’s a terrific deal. Now they can franchise tight end Zach Miller to make sure he doesn’t hit the open market and also don’t commit multiple years for a defensive lineman who is an 11-year veteran and may not have multiple seasons of peak play.
In other news regarding potential free agents, FoxSports.com reports the Raiders have a $3.5 million buyback option on the contract of linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, meaning it is within their power to retain his services. Wimbley’s original contract included a void after this season. According to the report, the Raiders would like to reach a longterm deal with Wimbley once a collective bargaining agreement is reached.