Former Pats star Seymour finally joins Raiders
Seymour was acquired last Sunday for a 2011 first-round pick but did not report to the
In his first public comments since the deal, Seymour told the Boston Herald on Saturday that he was taken aback when coach Bill Belichick told him of the trade, which is sending him from one of the NFL’s model franchises to the one with the worst record over the last six years.
“First of all, I was blindsided by this whole event,” Seymour told the Herald. “When you get blindsided, you should take a moment to gather your thoughts. I have a lot of personal issues more pressing than football.”
Seymour has four children and is the guardian of a 15-year-old cousin, who had recently joined him in the Boston area. Seymour’s family will return to South Carolina, while he flies to Oakland on Saturday to join his new team. He was scheduled to talk at a news conference later Saturday.
After five days of uncertainty, the
“It is a morale boost,” Pro Bowl cornerback
Seymour said he has been in regular contact with
Seymour turns 30 next month and is in the final year of a contract that pays him about $3.7 million this year. Had he not reported, he could have been suspended for the season and had his contract roll over to 2010.
“I didn’t demand anything to go there,” he said. “I’m happy to go there, and I told them that. But me and my family have never been separated. This was a difficult transition.”
Seymour has been a stalwart in New England since being drafted sixth overall in 2001. He played on three Super Bowl winners with the
Despite his late arrival, Seymour said he plans to be on the field for Oakland’s opener Monday night against San Diego.
“I’ll be the guy on top of the quarterback,” he said.
“That’s not far-fetched,” Ellis said. “You think about it. He’s been a pro now nine years. It’s not like he wasn’t practicing with the