Richard Seymour's Effect on Oakland?

jeremy barilCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers makes a reception against Richard Seymour #93 of the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game on January 20, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

There's been plenty of talk and various speculation on to what will happen now that Richard Seymour is going to be a Raider. 

First off the Oakland Raiders have yet to announce this trade. Why? I believe the Raiders are negotiating a contract extension before they agree to the trade. Once the transaction has been completed Al will have a rock solid DT for the next 4 seasons thus improving the run defense by leaps & bounds. 

Now Seymour can line up next to DT Tommy Kelly and allow Kelly to wreak havoc in the backfield. Seymour is going to take up double teams on this line. Seymour is going to free up the Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard to swarm to the ball without dealing with lineman 5 yards downfield. Gerrard Warren and Desmond Bryant should get quality minutes as well thus giving great depth at the position for which was yesterday considered a major weakness. 

Seymour's effect on Oakland is going to be twofold. First off he's going to provide a stalwart DT which has been lacking on Oakland's roster for years. Second, his leadership skills combined with DE Greg Ellis and his recent comments should provide more discipline on the Raiders roster. 

Now a line of Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly, DE Greg Ellis, and both DE Trevor Scot and Matt Shaugnessey sharing the last spot on the D line is going to be drastically improved over last year's team. 

If the Raiders defense becomes top 15, this overall team is going to be so much better. Teams that can stop the run and are able to run tend to make the playoffs and do well. 

Now the offense needs to step up and put points on the board. The Raiders have been able to run the ball the past two years, will they be able to finally stop it this year with Richard Seymour?