The Oakland Raiders agreed yesterday with potential free agent defensive tackle Richard Seymour on a two-year, $30 million contract that includes $22.5 million in guaranteed money.
SI.com first reported the contract, saying Seymour would be paid $15 million each of the next two years with $7.5 million in 2012 guaranteed in a bonus. The team would not confirm the deal.
The Raiders gave the Patriots a 2011 first-round pick for Seymour before the 2009 season and owner Al Davis made it a priority to keep Seymour.
The deal allows Oakland to avoid using a franchise tag on Seymour for a second straight season. He got about $12.4 million last season and would have been in line for a salary of about $14.9 million next season with the tag. Instead, he signed a deal that will keep him in Oakland for two more seasons.
“It’s a great place to play,’’ Seymour, 31, said late in the season. “The fans are unlike any others in the league. They’re definitely committed, and they want the same type of players to play in this organization.’’
The Raiders’ deal to acquire Seymour was questioned by some because Oakland’s picks recently have been so high in the draft. With the Raiders having their best season since 2002, the Patriots will pick 17th overall in April’s draft.
“You may not think it was a good trade,’’ Davis said last month. “I thought it was a great trade. Still do.’’
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