The Oakland Raiders have acquired five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour from the New England Patriots for a 2011 first-round draft choice.
Seymour is in the final year of the four-year extension he signed in 2006 and is due to make $3.685 this season.
The 29-year-old Seymour was drafted by the Patriots sixth overall in 2001, and started 105 of 111 games over eight seasons. He made 460 tackles and 39 sacks, and in 2002 was selected to the first of five consecutive Pro Bowls.
Seymour matched his career high with eight sacs last season.
This trade is good news for defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. His contract also expires after this season and he has been clear about wanting a contract extension with a boycott of voluntary workouts. This move frees up money for his new contract.
There are a couple ways to look at this move. When I first saw it I thought “How could Pioli not be in on this?”. But then I saw the Raiders gave up a first round pick… No thank you.
Sure, I’d love to have Seymour on the Chiefs front line, but there’s no way I’m giving up a first round pick to do it. Especially with a player that will have the chance to bolt via free agency after this season. And as good as Seymour is, do you really want to burn your franchise tag on him? Oakland might, but I wouldn’t.
This is, however, bad news for the Chiefs on the Wilfork front. I had all but penciled his name into the Chiefs starting lineup for 2010, but now it looks like the Patriots could have Wilfork signed to a new deal before the season is over.