Patriots Deal Seymour To Oakland For 2011 First-Round Pick
In a shocking move just one week before the beginning of the 2009 NFL season, the New England Patriots dealt defensive end Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders for the Raiders 2011 first-round selection.
A first-round draft choice in 2001, Seymour won three super bowls with the Patriots during his tenure with New England. Heading into the final year of his contract, Seymour was due to make $3.685 million and an extension with the Patriots next year seemed unlikely with the need to resign both Vince Wilfork and Tom Brady, among others. The likelihood that Bill Belichick would dole out a bundle of cash to resign the 29-year-old was highly improbable which makes the move much more understandable.
Jarvis Green will step in to replace Seymour with Ron Brace, Mike Wright, and Myron Bryor due to receive more playing time. Green, an eight-year-veteran, will play alongside Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork who are already stalwarts for the New England defensive line. With Seymour gone, the play of Adalius Thomas and Derrick Burgess becomes much more important if the Patriots want to disrupt opposing quarterbacks in the backfield with their 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes.
Patriots fans faith will be tested with this move but don’t be to quick to jump off the, “In Bill We Trust” train just yet. If New England can resign both Wilfork and Brady for the long-term while keeping a competitive defensive line this year, this move will look brilliant, especially when the Oakland Raiders are due to send a top-ten draft pick in 2011 to the Patriots.