Oakland Raiders: Richard Seymour In, Nnamdi Asomugha Likely Out…Team Better?

Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders have taken a major step towards continuing to build on the success of last season by re-signing Richard Seymour.

Seymour, 31, had a very good year for the Raiders in 2010, compiling 5.5 sacks, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl and solidifying a Raiders defensive line that had been one of the team's biggest weakness in previous years.

Add to Seymour's big year the fact that the Raiders are giving up their first-round pick this year, No. 17, to the Patriots for Seymour, and it becomes even more important that the Raiders re-signed the clear leader of their defense, and really one of the clear leaders of the entire team.

That being said, there are some repercussions to the Seymour signing. In true Al Davis form, Seymour was given a very big contract that some consider to be much more than a 31-year-old veteran should be getting unless they are still dominating. At this point in time, reports are that this contract will make Seymour the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.

In all likelihood, this means that the Raiders best player, Nnamdi Asomugha, is likely not going to be an Oakland Raider next season. Though Seymour is the highest paid defensive player as it stands now, expect that to change the second that Nnamdi is signed, regardless of whom he signs with.

In his press conference naming Hue Jackson as the Raiders new head coach, Davis noted that though he would like to have Nnamdi back, he would be expensive, and the Raiders could likely find two or three players who can contribute with the same amount of money spent on Asomugha alone.

Now, with Seymour being signed to such a large contract and the Raiders still needing to sign key free agents like Zach Miller, Michael Bush and Robert Gallery, it looks all but certain that Nnamdi will be sporting new colors if/when next season begins.

However, while it is hard for any team to lose their best p...

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