New England Patriots Links 9/11/09 - Seymour Issued 5-day Letter From Raiders

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the 9/11/01 attacks on the World Trade Center and U.S. Pentagon. Let us never forget.

Shalise Manza Young updates us on the Richard Seymour situation, and where it stands now.

Richard Seymour has been sent a "five-day letter" by the Raiders, meaning he has five days from receipt of the letter to report to the team. If he doesn't, Oakland would have the right to place him on the roster/suspended list, meaning Seymour would be unable to play anywhere in 2009 and will not get paid.

The news was reported Thursday night by the CSNBayArea website. The report quoted Greg Papa, the radio play-by-play announcer for the team.

The veteran defensive end, traded earlier this week by the Patriots to Oakland for a No. 1 draft choice in 2011, has yet to report to the Raiders. If Oakland places him on the roster/suspended list, the team would retain his rights for 2010, which he would play under terms of his 2009 contract. Thus Seymour would not be eligible for free agency — which he currently can exercise at the end of the '09 season — until after the '10 season.

Fred Taylor comments on the misconception that the Patriots offense will have to score lots of points to make up for a perceived weaker defense.

"No, no added pressure," insisted RB Fred Taylor. "Going into each and every game, as an offense, we want to execute and we have to trust the defense. That’s the way it’s always been. We just have to trust each other.

"In football, they always say, ‘Be prepared to play 60 minutes.’ That’s the way you approach the games. You have to be tough – mentally tough, physically tough – to be able to operate when you’re tired, whatever the score is. Thirty points … you’re not always going to score it."

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