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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Richard Seymour to Venture to Irkutsk

The five-time All-Pro defensive lineman apparently is traveling to Oakland.

The reason: he's scheduled to make $3.4 million or so this year and will be a free agent in the possibly uncapped 2010. Oakland apparently hasn't made any promises to him, other than perhaps suggesting that he couldn't make as much trading derivatives on Wall Street for a TARP-constrained investment bank.

Sure, Seymour is a professional, and, yes, his union's collective bargaining agreement doesn't provide anything other than Seymour should report to Oakland. But still, going to play for the Raiders after having played for the Patriots (and at All-Pro status) is a huge letdown, even for the most professional of players.

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