It's always bound to be interesting any time Raiders owner Al Davis speaks. Yesterday's press conference in Oakland to introduce former Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour, who finally reported to the Raiders on Saturday, six days after he was traded by the Patriots, was no different.
Al Davis (Wire File Photo)
Davis, who despite his diminished physical condition is still very sharp mentally, detailed his version of how the trade went down. The legendary Raiders owner said it was the Patriots who offered up Seymour, but only after offering him "some other things."
"Ever since they were talking to me about [Derrick] Burgess, I've been talking to them about a defensive lineman but I never dreamt, and both Tom Cable and I knew the one we wanted -- you shouldn't tell them this, it's the guy wearing No. 92. They were offering me some other things, and it was at the end that I had an idea what happened.
"One day [Patriots coach Bill Belichick] said to me about two days before we made the trade, 'Would you be interested in Seymour?' I didn't put the phone down or anything, I said 'Yeah I'd be interested in Seymour.' I said 'What do you want'? and he told me what he wanted for him. And I said I would do that.
"Bill said to me he has to check with [Patriots owner Robert] Kraft. I laughed because I thought all coaches had complete ability to do what they wanted. It's only this place where they have to go to the owner if they want to do something. So, he said he had to go to Kraft and he came back to me. They changed the deal a little bit, and then they gave me the opportunity to make my choice on draft choices.
"As you well know in 2010 we have a first, second, two thirds, a fourth and two fifths. We have a lot of choices. I said I'll go with the 1 in 2011. I'll stick with that. That's what you can have. I just wanted to get it done."
Davis also had an interesting thought on the plight of former Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter, who was picked up by the Patriots on Aug. 3 after the Raiders released him and then cut by the Patriots on Sept. 4.
While criticizing the media for saying that Seymour didn't want to play for the Raiders, Davis inadvertently revealed why Walter was so peevish after he didn't play in the Patriots' final exhibition game against the Giants on Sept. 3.
"Andrew Walter, left here, he was disappointed, he didn’t play," said Davis. "He played for four different coaches. He goes up to New England, they tell him they’re going to play him in the last preseason game for a half. He doesn’t get to play a down, and they cut him the next day, so at least here he played some downs. I just think you’ve got the wrong picture."