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Cable: We love Richard Seymour

02.28.10 at 3:20 pm ET

INDIANAPOLIS ‘€” Oakland coach Tom Cable just spoke with the media here at the NFL Scouting Combine, and had a lot of good stuff to say about former Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

Cable indicated that Seymour, who was dealt by New England to Oakland for a first-round pick in 2011 before the start of this past season, has taken a real leadership role with the Raiders.

‘€œI think he was everything I thought he would be,’€ Cable said of the 30-year-old Seymour, who just completed his first full year with Oakland. ‘€œI heard a lot about who he is as a person, and what he would bring to the locker room and the practice field and the preparation and all those things. To me, he accomplished everything I had heard about him.

‘€œThe thing that I was probably most excited about was how much he impacted our young players on our football team,’€ Cable added. ‘€œHe’€™s been in the NFL for quite some time, and knows how to prepare, how to get himself ready, how to take notes. The time it takes, day-to-day, week-to-week as you go through the season, and ultimately, how to take care of your body. So I think there were a lot of good lessons learned there for a bunch of young football players.’€

Cable said the leadership qualities that Seymour exhibited over the course of the season were ‘€œvery important’€ in the overall development of his football team, and he hopes that they can ultimately sign Seymour ‘€” who was recently franchised by Oakland ‘€” to a long-term deal.

‘€œI think that he and Greg Elis brought a lot of that to our football team,’€ Cable said. ‘€œAnd guys like Charlie Frye and Bruce Gradkowski brought some of that to the other side of the ball. I don’€™t think that you can ever have a team that can turn it around and start building something without that kind of leadership in the locker room.

‘€œI think Richard wants to be there and get there and get his family settled. I think those things are important to him.’€

The Raiders were excoriated in some circles for giving up a No. 1 pick for Seymour, but Cable said if Oakland had to do it all over again, they’€™d still make the deal.

‘€œI think so, if you look at what he brought to our team,’€ Cable said of Seymour, who finished the 2009 season with 47 tackles and four sacks. ‘€œThe ability of our opponents ‘€” or lack thereof ‘€” to run at him, run on that side of the line of scrimmage.

‘€œI’€™d like to see maybe a little more pass rush out of him. He’€™d probably be the first to tell you that. But all those things considered, yeah, definitely. If you could get that out of a first-round pick, you’€™d done pretty well.’€

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