Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour called the Dale and Holley show on WEEI Boston and talked about his trade to the Silver & Black, his time playing in the Bay Area and what the future may hold.
He opened the interview giving a description of happenings prior to the move to Oakland, stating that he was not in talks with the New England Patriots regarding an extension.
“We were not working on a contract,” stated Seymour.
The Raiders acquired the versatile lineman prior to the start of the season for their first round draft selection in 2011. In the final year of his contract, he was due $3.685 million after the swap, a move that surprised everyone throughout the league.
“It was definitely a shocker,” he commented. “I was definitely caught off guard by the trade.”
After the announced deal, many speculated whether or not he was going to report and why it was taking so long for him to make his way to Oakland. Be he cleared up the rumor stating:
“No, it was never anything like that. It was still a shocker. For me, it was how do I make this work. I have kids in school. What’s the best environment for them to be in?”
Seymour felt at ease, saying, “[The Raiders] were ecstatic to have me.”
He then talked about his year in Oakland, their acquisitions and what they need to do to get better.
“I think we got some players in there right now. They brought myself in, Greg Ellis…”
“I just think we have to get more consistent play, especially in some vital positions. And continue to bring in good guys and good coaches.”
The 30-year old said, “From a talent standpoint, this is one of the most talented teams that I’ve been on. But talent alone doesn’t get it done. I think you need to have a good combination and a steady mixture of both. We are still trying to figure that out.”
The radio host then asked about his pending free agency and the possibility of the Raiders using their franchise tag to keep him in Oakland.
“I’m in a unique situation where obviously, I played out my contract, I’ve one my time there and I’ve talked to Mr. [Al] Davis before I left and he said he would be getting in contact with my agent to try to work a deal out.”
Then, for the first time this season, Seymour outwardly stated his desire to stay in Silver & Black: “I would like to re-sign out in Oakland, because I think its always, when you can be a foundation piece and help turn an organization around, I think that’s a challenge for me.”
He explained why:
“I’m willing to take on that responsibility and that challenge and help being a part of bringing in some good guys that really can make a difference. I really enjoyed putting on the Silver & Black.”
Seymour had interesting thoughts about certain players in the game and a football philosophy that was used in New England during their glory days.
“I just think now, over the course of time, I think I’ve seen where a lot of players now kind of obsess with everything that comes along with football. Whether it be the money, the fame, just the ability to take care of your family, travel around the country and maybe winning isn’t a priority.”
He continued, “When you evaluate players, and really find out what they are about I’ll take a less talented guy – If I was a GM – take a less talented but guy that really cared about football…
“A guy that is in the weight room, that is in the study room, doing everything that it takes to be a champion and that’s the guy you want in the foxhole with you.”
If I had the chance to ask Seymour a follow up after he made those comments, I would’ve loved to hear his thoughts on JaMarcus Russell, the quarterback situation in Oakland and whether or not that theory of wanting a player that yearned to win and how others just cash a check and move on, applied to anyone donning Silver & Black?