According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Raiders have sent a letter to Richard Seymour giving him five days to report and take a physical. If Seymour does not cooperate, the Raiders have the option of suspending him for the season.
This is the least desirable scenario for both Seymour and the Raiders.
If Seymour decides to dig in and refuse to show, he runs the risk of never signing the lucrative contract he has been looking for. He would remain on the Raiders roster through 2010 at his 2009 salary, but could not play for any team in 2009.
It appears this letter also informs Seymour that Oakland is not interested in New England returning their draft pick in 2011.
This may be a wise decision on the part of Al Davis. The Broncos and Chiefs are both in need of a 3-4 defensive end. They would certainly be at the front of the line to trade with New England if this deal were to fall through.
It appears the Raiders will own Seymour for the remainder of his career or no one will.
He has no choice but to report to Oakland within the next five days. Sitting out two seasons is hardly an option.
The real question is: What will his attitude be like once he is in Oakland?
He could be franchised after this season in any scenario meaning the Raiders could keep him from free agency until he is 31.
The wise move will be for Richard Seymour to be a professional and show up in Oakland, sign a contract, and finish his career in Oakland.
That's what the Raiders want. That's what Al Davis wants.
And that's what they will get. Eventually.
In the meantime, what does this mean for Raider Nation?