Raiders DE Richard Seymour surprised some league observers by signing his exclusive rights franchise tender on June 19. Tom Cable said the team was in negotiations on a new contract back in April and Seymour, who wants a long-term deal, didn't attend OTAs and minicamp. There were no signs of progress and some expected Seymour to put off signing his tender until training camp or until the Raiders accommodated his request for long-term stability. Oakland still could lock up Seymour with a new contract, but signing the tender created the perception that the two sides couldn't come to an agreement on a longer deal. Seymour, who will turn 31 in October, is looking to cash in with one more long-term deal before the end of his career. His salary will be $12.398 million if he plays under the franchise tag. With a potential work stoppage looming in 2011, the team might not be inclined to offer him guaranteed money beyond 2010.
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