As I'm sure you know the Raiders had to use one of their franchise tags on Richard Seymour this off-season because they couldn't come to terms on a contract before the deadline.
As it stands right now, Richard Seymour still hasn't signed the franchise tag or showed up to practices in Oakland.
During mini camp Tom Cable was asked about Richard Seymours' absence and contract negotiations. Then Tom Cable sounded confident saying a deal would get done.
Fast forward to this week and suddenly Tom Cable doesn't appear nearly as confident. Suggesting that there hasn't been any progress on trade talks.
When asked if Richard Seymour would attend any practices this month or next, Tom Cable said, "I don't know that at this point."
So is it time to worry?... Maybe, as this raises alot of questions.
Is it possible that Richard Seymour really doesn't want to play in Oakland like so many suggested when we traded for him?
Or Maybe Seymour saw how much money JaMarcus Russell, Javon Walker, DeAngelo and Nnamdi Asomugha got paid and believes he deserves the same.
Richard Seymour may be planning a holdout unless he is traded or recieves the money he wants. We have already heard reports suggesting Darrelle Revis (CB Jets), Chris Johnson (RB Titans) and Andre Johnson (WR Texans) may be planning to hold out. Why can't a 30 year-old defensive end do the same?
Holdouts, if not resolved, often hurt everyone. The player doesn't practice or get paid and the team misses out on a viable play maker until a compromise is reached, either a trade or a new contract.
But on the bright side, it is very possible Seymour fully plans on signing a deal with the Raiders. He just isn't in a hurry to show up to practice in Oakland. I mean the guy is a veteran. He has already done the OTA thing how many times now? I'm sure he sees OTA's as a tedious task by now. Plus, him and his family still live on the east coast.
As a veteran, Richard Seymour already knows how to stay in shape and has little to learn when it comes to playing on the d-line. Remember Derrick Burgess? He never showed up to the Raiders summer workouts until absolutely necesary and then would show up in tip-top shape. Burgess would spend his summers working out with the youngsters at his former college in Mississippi. Then show up to Oakland like he never missed a beat.
Could Richard Seymour be doing the same? It is very much a possibility.
So is it time for us to worry yet? To answer that question, no. If Richard Seymour still hasn't come to terms with a contract or shown up to practices by July, then maybe we can start worrying.