Catching up with three ex-Patriots
|05.03.10 at 8:33 pm ET|
Here’s a quick update on a few ex-Patriots:
•It’s looking more and more like Richard Seymour will get a long-term deal done with the Raiders. Seymour, who played in New England from 2001 until 2008, was dealt to Oakland days before the start of the 2009 season. While he took a while to report, he did eventually show, and turned in a respectable campaign with the Raiders in what was the final year of his contract. Seymour was hit with the franchise tag by Oakland, and not present for the start of minicamp last Friday. The absence was explained by Oakland coach Tom Cable, who said the two sides were working on putting together a long-term deal.
Seymour certainly has the full backing of Cable — I asked the Raiders coach at the combine about the impact Seymour has had on the franchise.
“I think he was everything I thought he would be,” Cable said of Seymour, who had four sacks in his first full year with Oakland. “I 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.
“The thing that I was probably most excited about was how much he impacted our young players on our football team,” Cable added. “He’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.”
•The Packers could be in the mix for Adalius Thomas. The former New England linebacker, who played for the Patriots from 2007 through 2009 and was released last month, has been linked to the Jets and Dolphins in the past, but Green Bay is also in the market for a pass-rushing linebacker. When asked recently about the state of the Packers’ pass rush, coach Mike McCarthy said he would not rule out adding a pass-rushing linebacker via free agency — both Thomas and Derrick Burgess are still on the market. “We’re definitely looking at that position,” McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
•Asante Samuel has had an eventful offseason. The cornerback, who was with the Patriots from 2003 until 2007 before departing for Philadelphia in free agency, has engaged in a bit of a back-and-forth with Eagles coach Andy Reid, which has caused some teammates to take some shots at Samuel. At Philadelphia’s recently concluded minicamp, Samuel took some shots at a reporter who covers the team regularly, keeping up a steady stream of chatter at the writer from on the field and the locker room. “Nobody talk to [him]. He’s a weasel!” Samuel yelled after a series of articles from the writer about Samuel’s poor tackling.
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