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Agent says Seymour headed to Oakland

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  September 12, 2009 01:06 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Richard Seymour's agent, Eugene Parker, confirmed via email to the Globe that Seymour is headed to Oakland today to the report to the Raiders.

Unless Seymour fails his physical with the Raiders, his reporting would consummate the trade the Patriots made last Sunday, sending Seymour to the Raiders for a 2011 first-round pick.

"Personally, Seymour is a good friend. I wish him all the best. He knows it's a business, and so he's willing to move on," said Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork.

"We're getting ready for the Buffalo Bills, and that's one less thing that we're worrying about right now. But on a personal level, we're friends, we'll remain friends, I don't care where he goes."

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

"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.

Patriots defensive end/linebacker Derrick Burgess said he can relate. Burgess was dealt from Oakland to the Patriots on Aug. 6. He said he is still not settled.

"I still ain't got my place yet. It's part of the job," said Burgess.

Burgess said sometimes people forget football players are human beings just like them.

"I mean people might because of the job and the title and the money and all that, but we got family just like you got familes and we're people."

Burgess didn't have much advice for Seymour in Oakland.

"No, I just wish him luck in the season, stay healthy. That's it."

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

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