As of Sept. 10 the Raiders have imposed a 5 day deadline for Richard Seymour to report or he will be suspended.
Today, the Raiders made another questionable decision, trading for five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour.
Seymour, who turns 30 next month, has been one of the best defensive lineman in all of football in his arrival in the NFL in 2001, but he has not been to a Pro Bowl since 2006.
Last season Seymour tied a career high in sacks with eight and only missed one game due to injury—unlike his 2008 season where he only played in eight games and registered 1.5 sacks.
The Raiders bolster a rush defense that has statistically been the worst in football since their 2002 Super Bowl run, and the worst this preseason at 192 yards per game. But the improvement comes at a very steep cost.
The 2011 first-round draft pick could be very costly for the Raiders if their recent struggles continue. If the Raiders don't resign Seymour, then they have given up a first-round pick for a rent-a-player in a year they don't look to be a contender.
The Seymour trade is another in the list of questionable decisions made by Oakland this offseason. The Raiders drafted Darrius Heyward-Bay in the top 10, although he was a late-first-round projection. The Raiders turned around and gave him a super signing bonus out of the rookie slotting, which has caused a fuss in other draft pick signings.
The Raiders have also released quarterback Jeff Garcia only a few months after signing him to backup JaMarcus Russell. The Raiders have no proven veteran quarterback behind the shaky Russell.
It seems the Raiders will never sniff the playoffs again until Al Davis gives up the team or passes on.
Davis has been a tyrant of an owner for years. Recently, the Raiders coaching staff has been a revolving door. No Raider head coach has lasted more than a few years on the job, making it hard for the Raiders to have consistency.
Maybe one of the biggest blunders in recent NFL history was the Raiders' trading for Randy Moss. After two dreadful seasons in Oakland, the Raiders shipped Moss to the Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick. Moss has, once again, become a top receiver in the NFL, and set an NFL record with 22 touchdown receptions in a season.
The Patriots' trading of Seymour has once again solidified them as one of the best-run organizations in all of sports, not just the NFL. The Patriots are able to rebuild and retool year-in and year-out without missing a beat.
Overall, the trade of Seymour gives the Raiders defensive line a superstar who will command double teams and be able to take over a game but at a very costly price.
If the Raiders are able to re-sign Seymour, the trade will not hurt the Raiders long-term. But if Seymour walks away after this season, the Raiders gave up a potentially top-10 draft pick for a one-year rent-a-player.