ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — SI.com is reporting that the Oakland Raiders have agreed with defensive tackle Richard Seymour on a two-year, $30 million contract that includes $22.5 million in guaranteed money.
The deal reached Wednesday 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.
The Raiders gave New England a 2011 first-round pick for Seymour before the 2009 season and owner Al Davis made it a priority to keep Seymour.
The deal also frees the Raiders up to use the tag to keep another potential free agent, such as tight end Zach Miller.
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