Richard Seymour was in the top-3 on the priority list for the Raiders. They traded their 2011 1st-round draft pick to New England for his services, so Al wasn't going to let him go that easy. According to sources, he just inked a 2-year contract worth $30 million.
Does anything look wrong with this picture?
If I told you that Al was paying a 31-year-old DT close to $15 million a year for 2 years, would you think he was crazy? Essentially, Al is paying Seymour the equivalent of being hit with the franchise tag this year and the next.
That seems to be the norm for Al, as that's what Nnamdi's deal amounted to in the end. No matter how you put it, Al overpaid for Seymour. He will be the league's highest paid defender with this contract. I was hoping for something along the lines of 4 years for around $40 million for his services.
By comparison, Julius Peppers was the league's highest paid player before this and he has 40.5 more sacks, 29 more forced fumbles and 6 more interceptions than Seymour with one less year in the league.
Add on the fact that the run defense hasn't made that leap of improvement we had hoped when we first acquired him, and it looks like Al is getting the carpet pulled from underneath.
In total, we will have paid Seymour approximately $46 million over 4 years.