Well, as I write this Richard Seymour has yet to report to his new employer the Oakland Raiders. When this odyssey began we all thought that the reason Richard Seymour had not reported to Oakland was because he was seeking a new contract.
Never mind that the argument made no sense whatsoever. Richard Seymour was in camp in New England and thus we can assume that he was willing to play this year, the final year of his contract in hopes of a new deal being agreed upon by his management and the Patriots. If this assumption is true my question is this. Why can’t Seymour give the Oakland Raiders the same consideration that he was willing to give the New England Patriots?
Al Davis and the Raiders have been criticized for many things over the last few years. One of these criticisms is over paying of players. Al Davis has never been shy about opening his check book and paying for a player that he wants to see that player wearing Silver and Black. Knowing this to be true can anyone believe that the reason Richard Seymour has not reported to Oakland is because of his contract?
I believe the reason Richard Seymour is not in Oakland is very simple. He does not want to play for the Oakland Raiders. He has probably heard horror stories from Randy (I only play when things are going well) Moss, (See the playoff game between the Vikings and Giants a number of years ago when Moss simply stopped running his routes because the Vikings were getting blown out) and Derrick Burgess who wanted a new contract even though he had not produced much of anything over the last one and a half seasons.
Some people are of the opinion that this whole thing may turn into a Curt Flood situation that Seymour may carry the banner for all of the NFL players to come by falling on his sword and forfeiting three million dollars in salary this year in hopes of gaining his freedom and getting a right to chose where he wants to play. It would be a great story if it was true, but I do not believe that to be the case. I think the answer is very simple. Richard Seymour does not want to play for the Oakland Raiders period.
People today seem to grow up with a sense of entitlement. When you earn something, when you have to fight for it, whether is be tangible item or a job it is something that is valued. My parents lived though the depression and a world war. A job was something you coveted. It was something that you protected. It meant providing for your family. Employment meant that the people that you loved would have a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs, and clothes on their backs. You may hate your job but you did it because providing for your family was paramount. Richard Seymour and many of the privileged few have forgotten this fact.
What makes this even more amazing is that no one is trying to short change Richard Seymour in any way. If Seymour gets franchised next year he is guaranteed to be one of the top paid players at his position in the entire league. What did Cuba Gooding Jr. say in the movie? “Show me the Money!!!” Mr. Seymour will have more money then he can spend in a lifetime or the lifetime of his children if his finances are managed correctly. The only objection that makes any sense at this point is that this player does not like the location of his employment and that is sad.
Richard Seymour could look at this as a great opportunity to bring a once great franchise back from the ashes, but instead of seeing a new dawn he prefers to see this trade as a personal insult and an impending tragedy to his career.
What I have written here is only my opinion and it is done so with a great deal of speculation. Much the same as anyone else has written upon this subject.
This can be cleared up with simple communication. Hello Mr. Seymour Al Davis calling….