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Pats Deal DL Richard Seymour to the Raiders for a 2011 First-Round Pick

Sensing that they might not be able to get a deal done with him in 2010, the Pats Sunday made a shocking move, as they traded former first-round pick and five-time Pro Bowl DL Richard Seymour to the Raiders in return for their first-round pick in 2011.

Seymour is in the final year of a contract paying him $3.7 million this season. He’s one a couple of Pats that will have their deals up at the end of the season.

“From nearly the day he arrived in 2001, Richard Seymour established himself as one of our premier players for nearly a decade,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Sunday. “His presence has been felt as a force on the field, a respected man off it and a multiyear champion.”

The 29-year-old was the 6th overall pick in the 2001 draft. He started 105 of 111 games over eight seasons in New England. He made 460 tackles and 39 sacks, and in 2002 was selected to the first of five consecutive Pro Bowls.

“Any transaction we make is with the goal of what is best for our team and, as difficult as it is to part ways with a player of Richard’s stature, many factors were taken into account when we considered this trade,” Belichick said.

“As an organization, we feel the trade with Oakland brings sufficient value and is in the long-term interest of the club,” he added. “We are extremely grateful for the huge impact Richard’s elite level of performance had on our success and we wish him the very best during the rest of his career.”

The Raiders and Pats did a deal just about a month ago, when they moved Derrick Burgess to New England for a draft pick.

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