Oakland Raiders: If Richard Seymour Is Franchised, Don't Expect Him Back

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Oakland Raiders: If Richard Seymour Is Franchised, Don't Expect Him Back
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Richard Seymour is currently an unrestricted free agent, meaning he is pretty much free to negotiate with any team in the NFL.

A lot of people have suggested that he has no interest in returning to the Raiders next year, but recent comments have suggested otherwise.

"There's probably about 31 teams I'd consider going to," Seymour said. "(The Patriots aren't) something I'm looking to do at all."

So, he is basically ready to go to any NFL team, excluding the Patriots. And yes, that includes the Raiders.

Seymour has also said that he is aware of the fact that if he doesn't come to a long-term agreement with the Raiders this offseason, he will undoubtedly be franchised.

Basically, he is facing two choices: either sign a long-term deal with the Raiders or receive a franchise tag.

So doesn't that guarantee Seymour will be wearing silver and back next year?

Wrong...The only thing that guarantees him returning to the Raiders next year is a long-term contract; being franchised almost insures he won't return to the Raiders.

The Patriots franchised Matt Cassel last year, and now he is a Chief.

And if the Raiders franchise Seymour, he will be traded, likely for at least a first rounder if not more.

By parting ways with a franchised Richard Seymour, the Raiders may be able to shore up talent on the O-line, the interior D-line, receiver and even at QB.

Yes, even QB. Which brings us to to Donavan McNabb.

Reports suggest the Eagles are confident in Kevin Kolbs' development and are contemplating whether to give him the starting role or let him sit on the bench for another year while McNabb finishes the last year on his contract.

Could the Raiders work out a package deal for McNabb?

Hey, we're getting ahead of ourselves here; back to Seymour.

Don't think Seymour being franchised is inevitable; he has acknowledged that a long-term deal with the Raiders is still a possibility.

And the people saying Richard Seymour doesn't want to be a Raider are likely the same people who said he would never show in Oakland or that Nnamdi Asomugha and Shane Lechlar didn't want to play in Oakland.

These people also said either Lechlar of Asomugha would be franchised and the other would be signing with a new team. Funny how the Raiders managed to sign both players without using the franchise tag.

So what will Richard Seymour choose to do: Sign a long-term deal and be part of the Raiders' building process or take the franchise tag, force a trade, and inevitably help the Raiders become better?

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