According to reports out of the Bay Area and ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders have sent Richard Seymour a “five-day letter,” tonight notifying him that he has five days to report to the Raiders or he’ll be placed on the reserve/did not report list, which would put him out for the season.
Placement on the list would also prevent Seymour, who is in the final year of his contract, from earning another accrued season of NFL service. Without 2009 as an accrued season, Seymour would not be a eligible for unrestricted free agency following this season.
The Raiders decision to send Seymour the letter is good news for the Patriots. It is basically an admission by Oakland that Seymour, who was traded to Oakland on Sunday for a 2011 first-round pick, is now their property and their problem, not that of the Patriots.
Furthermore, under the collective bargaining agreement the Raiders could go after the pro-rated portion of Seymour’s signing bonus from the $30-plus million deal he signed with the Patriots in 2006.
Seymour was scheduled to make $3.685 million this year, but carry a $9.79 million cap charge, as the result of pro-rated workout and bonus payments.