San Francisco 49ers: Does Richard Seymour’s Extension Make Asomugha More Likely?

February 17, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

ESPN reported today that many reputable sources are claiming free agent defensive end Richard Seymour has reached a deal, in principle, to remain with the Oakland Raiders. Details of the deal are not known, but it is reportedly a two-year extension that will make Seymour not only the highest-paid player at his position, but the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL, period.

That honor currently belongs to Chicago Bear defensive end Julius Peppers, who earns $14M on average. Details of Seymour's deal have yet to be confirmed, but rumor has it that it will be more lucrative than Peppers'.

Two questions leap to mind when hearing this news. First, is Seymour really worth more than players like Peppers and the San Francisco 49ers' stalwart middle linebacker, Patrick Willis? Secondly, how does this affect the chances of the 49ers signing the free agent to-be, cornerback and long-time Raider standout, Nnamdi Asomugha?

The first question is largely subjective and ...

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