Raiders Blog and Q&A

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September 7, 2009
Seymour trade hits a snag?

Uh-oh. Appears the Richard Seymour-to-the-Raiders trade for a first-round pick in the 2011 draft has hit a snag, which is why the five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman is not yet in Alameda.

"We have attempted to make a deal," Cable told reporters following practice Monday at the team's Alameda compound. "There are some issues still between him and the Patriots that are being worked out...hoping that that will get resolved as quickly as possible. We know that the player wants to be here but we have really no control over those issues. So that's really all I'm going to talk about it for now."

Cable was then asked if he had talked personally with Seymour, who is expected to shore up the Raiders' putrid run defense.

"I have talked to him," Cable said.

And he wants to be in Oakland?

"Yes," Cable answered.

Asked if there was a deadline that Seymour needed to be in Alameda to play in the Monday Night Football opener against the San Diego Chargers, Cable said, "Just as soon as possible. That's really the only way to answer that right now."

With Seymour, who turns 30 on Oct. 6, in the final year of a contract due to pay him $3.7 million this season, it would seem Seymour wants some sort of sign-and-trade extension from the Patriots before reporting to the Raiders.

The Patriots, though, are unaware of any issue they supposedly have with Seymour, per Associated Press.

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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