On Thursday, all 32 NFL teams who plan to use the franchise tag must tag one of their players. In Oakland, with Sebastian Janikowski re-signed to a 4 year deal, the Raiders are expected to use the tag on Richard Seymour, reports SFGate.com. It sounds like common sense that the man Al Davis traded a 2011 1st round pick to acquire would get the tag, especially when that player is the Raiders' biggest name free agent. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to find out Seymour will be tagged without a long term contract.
Now, to the core of this article. Al Davis is known for making headlines with large contracts, remember the Spring of 2008? Richard Seymour has said several times on radio shows and in interviews that he "feels he has found his place in Oakland" meaning that Seymour thinks he knows his role in Oakland. He has said he wants to be in Oakland, but he has also said " I'd play for any of the 31 teams (excluding the Patriots) in 2010."
Al Davis has also been known for being cruel to his own employees, remember Mike Shanahan and Marcus Allen, who played all but one season of his career in L.A. as a Raider, then retired as a Kansas City Chief. Remember how Davis traded Jon Gruden after the "Tuck Rule" season. Remember that Lane Kiffin press conference, although Kiffin partially deserved it.
So what version of Al Davis will we see in this coming week? The Al Davis who rewards his good players with contracts that they have earned, or in some cases more than they deserve. This version of Al Davis will make sure that Seymour finishes a great career in the Raider Nation and maybe Seymour will be the next Raider to go to Canton, Ohio in the Hall of Fame.
Or will it be the Al Davis who has the need to feed his ego and dominate his players? This is the Al Davis who will franchise tag Seymour and then refuse trade demands or contract proposals from Seymour and his agent. Then Seymour will walk from Oakland in the 2011 off-season, leaving behind a situation and crisis that makes the Brandon Marshall saga in Denver look like a company picnic.