Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable said yesterday the team is negotiating a long-term deal with defensive lineman Richard Seymour. Cable said the sides are working on the deal and that is why Seymour was not at the team’s first minicamp practice yesterday in Alameda, Calif.
The Raiders placed the exclusive franchise tag designation on the former Patriots All-Pro in February. That prohibited him from negotiating with other teams and guaranteed him $12.398 million for 2010. Seymour was paid about $3.7 million in 2009 after being acquired in a trade with the Patriots just before the start of the season.
Meanwhile, the questions about quarterback JaMarcus Russell’s immediate future in Oakland were answered when he took the field with newly acquired Jason Campbell and the rest of his teammates.
There were reports that Russell could be cut before training camp or held out of the workouts to avoid injury. But the former No. 1 overall pick was working with Campbell, Charlie Frye, and Kyle Boller as the Raiders had their first formal on-field practice.
Holmes already tuning out
Authorities at Pittsburgh International Airport filed an incident report after a flight attendant claimed Jets
wide receiver Santonio Holmes
failed to follow regulations by not turning off his iPod as the plane was landing. Holmes was flying from Newark Liberty International Airport to Pittsburgh Thursday night.
The report was filed with the Allegheny County Police Department after Holmes’s flight landed around 9 p.m. According to the report, a flight attendant told police that Holmes wouldn’t turn off his iPod when requested and asked that officers speak to him. Holmes got off the Colgan Air flight and spoke to the officers, who reminded him to comply with regulations, but did not charge the wide receiver.
Allegheny County police said in a statement Holmes was not removed from the flight, contrary to some published reports.
Favre mulls future — again
The annual waiting game to see whether quarterback Brett Favre
retires got more complicated. Favre, 40, said in a statement posted on his website that he needs surgery on his left ankle to play this season for the Vikings
. But he said he’s had surgery on it twice, the injury “is not debilitating,’’ and he’s come through far worse in his career . . . Steelers
receiver Hines Ward
said Ben Roethlisberger’s
six-game suspension is disappointing but justified, and threatens to leave the team in a precarious position when the season begins. However, Ward, a Steelers offensive cocaptain with Roethlisberger, doesn’t think the quarterback will have any trouble regaining his teammates’ confidence and respect once he returns.
Feagles makes it official
Giants punter Jeff Feagles
announced his retirement after 22 seasons and a league-record 352 straight games . . . Defensive end Mark Anderson
signed a one-year tender offer from the Bears . . . The Bears hired former Seahawks president and general manager Tim Ruskell
as their director of player personnel . . . Upset with his contract situation, Panthers cornerback Richard Marshall
is skipping the team’s minicamp. Marshall has not signed his one-year, $1.759 million tender as a restricted free agent . . . Free agent linebacker Freddy Keiaho
left the Colts after four years to sign with the Jaguars . . . A man convicted of killing Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams
was sentenced in Denver to life in prison plus 1,152 years. Willie Clark
was convicted of first-degree murder in the New Year’s Day 2007 drive-by slaying.
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