Raiders slap Seymour with franchise tag

Micah WarrenContributor IFebruary 24, 2010

This isn’t a surprise. The Oakland Raiders have franchised defensive lineman Richard Seymour to the tune of $12.398 million for next year.

Even if it was stupid to trade for a “right now” type of player when your team isn’t remotely close to “winning now,” it would have just compounded the problem if they had let him walk after a year.

We didn’t understand the trade then and we still don’t. And that includes you too, New England Patriots. The Patriots are built to win now, their defense is sub-standard and the draft pick they got (first rounder in 2011) can’t help for quite a while.

That was a remarkably stupid move, but we aren’t allowed to say that out loud because the great Bill Belichick did it.

As for the Raiders, are you surprised? What in the hell does this team need with an aging tackle when they are legitimately a four-win team.