Raiders Franchise Tag Richard Seymour

As expected, the Raiders applied the franchise tag to defensive end Richard Seymour , as reported today by The Boston Herald .  The tag guarantees Richard Seymour $12.398 million this season, and is a clear symbol that the two sides were unable to work out a long-term deal.

The Raiders really had to make this move, to justify the expense of bringing Seymour in (a first round pick in the 2011 draft).  It seems obvious the organization hopes to be able to sign him to a long-term deal, as one of the feature players on an otherwise mostly unimpressive Oakland defense (with the exception of Pro Bowl CB Nnamdi Asomugha, who the Raiders are reported to be actively shopping with little success).  

In fact, the Raiders are reported to be shopping almost anyone that might interest another team on their roster, and with that news one might conclude that Seymour, if unable to work something out long-term, will also be on his way out of town so they can get some return on their asset as opposed to simply letting him leave at the end of the 2010 season.

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