Lack of long-term deal likely holding up Seymour trade

Given what I have heard today, I’d be very surprised to see Richard Seymour in Oakland without a new contract. Seymour has one year left on his existing deal and is less than thrilled about being dealt from New England to Oakland yesterday.

Short of agreeing to a long-term deal, this situation remains sticky. The sides have a few days to figure things out, and contrary to what Raiders coach Tom Cable said today, there are no issues between Seymour and the Patriots to resolve, according to New England and league sources. It’s the norm for veterans of Seymour’s stature to get new deals as part of such trades, and given how much the Raiders parted with to get him — a 2011 first-round pick — there is not much disputing his worth.

The Raiders could file paperwork with Seymour and the league, putting him on notice for not reporting, but at this point I get the strong sense that he would part with game checks rather than play for the Raiders under his current contract, which has one year and roughly $3.7 million remaining.

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