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.’’
Chiefs tag Hali The Chiefs put the franchise tag on linebacker Tamba Hali, who went to the Pro Bowl this past season as the AFC’s leading sacker.
Hali, the Chiefs’ first-round pick in 2006, is guaranteed a one-year contract equal to the average paid last year to the five highest-paid players at his position.
In addition to his 14 1/2 sacks, Hali had 50 tackles, 19 quarterback pressures, and 4 forced fumbles.
“Tamba is a key contributor to our football team, and we have a tremendous amount of respect for him both personally and professionally,’’ general manager Scott Pioli said. “We want Tamba to remain a member of the Chiefs, and we will continue to work together with the hope of reaching a long-term agreement.’’
Bills release Stroud The Bills released defensive lineman Marcus Stroud in a move that freed up salary and playing time for the team’s young and developing players. Stroud’s departure was not considered a surprise after the 10-year veteran struggled in making the transition in Buffalo’s switch to a 3-4 defense. Stroud was scheduled to make $10 million in base salary over the final two years of his contract, including $4.5 million next season . . . Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks suffered a collapsed lung when he was stabbed outside a D.C. nightclub, and efforts to keep the lung inflated have delayed his discharge from the hospital. His agent, James Gould, said Banks is still expected to have a 100 percent recovery and resume offseason training in two to four weeks . . . Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt completed the restructuring of his staff by promoting Mike Miller from passing game coordinator to offensive coordinator . . . Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has pulled out of his appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,’’ an interview that was set to air a week from today. A show spokesman said representatives of Vick called late Tuesday to cancel for personal reasons. The interview was to cover Vick’s time in prison, his work with the Humane Society, and his return to the NFL.