Raiders / Patriots Trade: Richard Seymour goes to Raiders
This offseason the New England Patriots have seen some big defensive names leave the team. First linebacker Mike Vrabel was traded to the Chiefs and just this past week fellow linebacker Teddy Bruschi retired from the game.
Now the Patriots are watching another great defensive player from their multiple championship run go away as defensive end Richard Seymour is going to the Raiders. In this trade the Patriots will receive a first round pick from the Raiders in 2011 in exchange for the Patriots pro bowl defensive end.
Seymour is still only 29 years old and should have a few great seasons left as the Raiders have now improved a very patch work defensive line.
Just a few month ago the Raiders traded away DE/LB Derrick Burgess to the Patriots in exchange for a 3rd and 5th rounds pick in the 2010 draft.
Impact on Raiders
At first I thought this was not a good deal for the Raiders in the long run but that past two offseason Seymour has been healthy. Last season Seymour missed only one start as he missed seven starts the season before.
If Seymour does stay healthy than the Raiders have definitely helped their defensive line up front. This big man is very solid against the run and is very solid in pass rush duty’s as he had eight sacks a season ago.
The Raiders will still struggle at times against the run but this big man can only help a defense that needs all the help it can get.
Impact on Patriots
This is most definitely a rebuilding year on defense for the Patriots now that Vrabel, Bruschi and Seymour are all gone from the team. Not only will they lose these solid veteran’s on the field but they will lose their leadership ability’s as well.
Bill Belchick always has good players that fit his system well and they should be able to hold their own during the regular season.
While they should play good in the regular season, one has to be concerned about how this younger defense will hold up in the post season and super bowl.
In the end for the long run it was probably a good thing that the Patriots got a first round pick for a guy they were going to not resign this offseason. In the short term of this season, if they don’t win a championship it may have been this very trade that would have made the difference.
Fantasy Football Information writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com