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Reports: Seymour reporting to Raiders

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  September 12, 2009 12:14 PM

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According to multiple reports, former Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour is reporting to the Raiders today, ending the five-day saga that followed his trade from the Patriots to the Raiders last Sunday in exchange for a 2011 first-round pick.

Unless Seymour fails his physical with the Raiders, his reporting would consummate the deal for good.

The Boston Herald was the first to report the news and had Seymour's first public comments since the trade.

Seymour told the paper he was "blindsided" by the trade and that he planned to be in uniform for Oakland on Monday night when they open the season against the San Diego Chargers.

"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 told Ron Borges.

Seymour said the personal issues involved relocating his family to South Carolina after the trade, which forced a significant change of plans for his family, which had been living with him in North Attleborough.

Seymour said the grievance filed on his behalf by the NFL Players Association was "more of a procedural thing" and that it would not affect his situation.

News, analysis and commentary from Boston.com's staff writers and contributors, including Zuri Berry and Erik Frenz.

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