Seymour reports to the Raiders
|09.12.09 at 11:45 pm ET|
After almost a week of uncertainty, former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour reported to the Raiders on Saturday, saying he will bring a “commitment to excellence” with him from New England.
“I’m not saying what I’m going to do when I get out on the field, but I’m going to give everything that I have, and that’s 100 percent,” Seymour said in an interview with Raiders.com where he was seen wearing the No. 92.
“From the weight room to the workouts to whatever it is … the classroom, learning plays — and I have a lot to learn at this point. Just understanding what we’re trying to do defensively. Once I get that all down pat, I’ll definitely be ready to go.”
The 29-year-old Seymour was dealt from the Patriots to Oakland last Sunday for a first-round pick in the 2011 draft. He told The Boston Herald yesterday he felt “blindsided” by the move, and reiterated those thoughts Saturday night.
“Obviously, my thoughts at first were with my family,” he said, recalling the first few hours after the deal went down. “’How do we make this all work?’ Coming out to the West Coast. If it was the offseason, I would have been out here the next day and we could have just worked out the details later.
“It was just … the way that it happened, how fast it happened — a week before the season. My kids had already enrolled in school. I had a lot of responsibilities to take care of as a father first. Like I said — my faith, my family and then football. Once the first two worked themselves out, obviously, football comes naturally. Now, I’m ready to go. “
The five-time Pro Bowler, who said he was picked up at the airport by former Oakland great Willie Brown, said that for the last week while he was sitting out, trying to figure out his next move, the Raiders sent some ex-players to his house to try and “recruit him.”
“That definitely felt pretty good,” Seymour added with a smile.
“We are proud now for the Raider fans, the Raider team, for the Raider organization to welcome Richard Seymour — a great player from the New England Patriots,” Oakland owner Al Davis said. “I want to state this, from the very beginning, there was never any doubt that Richard wanted to play for the Raiders. He grew up being a Raider fan. There was never any doubt he wanted to play for the Raiders.”
Davis said he had long coveted Seymour.
“I’ve always had my eye on Seymour because it’s tough to play the right end in a three-man line,” Davis told the Contra-Costa Times. “We’ve had one great player do that — Lyle Alzado. He’s someone that we’ve been watching for years and I never thought we’d get a shot at him.”
Davis added that he dealt with Patriots coach Bill Belichick exclusively when it came to talking about the Seymour trade.
“With Bill and I, it was long, it was over four or five days,” Davis said when asked about the talks surrounding the trade. “But it wasn’t so much the choices. It was the extenuating conditions, about reporting and passing the physical and all of that stuff.”
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