INDIANAPOLIS -- When dissecting the blockbuster trade in which the Patriots sent defensive lineman Richard Seymour to the Raiders for a 2011 first-round pick, the majority of analysts seem to think Oakland gave up too much.
But Raiders coach Tom Cable said Sunday that he has no regrets on the deal. He believes Oakland got fair value.
"I think so, when you look at what he brought to our team," Cable said at the NFL combine. "The ability of opponents, or lack thereof, to run at him, to run at that side of the line of scrimmage. We'd like to see a little more pass rush out of him, which he'd probably be the first to tell you that. With all those things considered, yeah definitely, if you can get that out of a first-round pick you've done yourself [well]."
Cable was asked if what the team received from Seymour was about what it expected.
"I think he was everything I thought he would be," Cable responded. "I heard a lot about who he is as a person and what he would be like in the locker room and on the practice field, and preparation and all those things. To me, [he] accomplished everything I had heard about him.
"The thing I was probably most excited about was how much he impacted our young players on our football team. He's been in the NFL quite some time and knows how to prepare, how to get himself ready, how to take notes, the time it takes day to day, week to week as you go through the season and ultimately how to take care of your body. So I think there was a lot of good lessons learned there for a bunch of young football players."
The Raiders last week placed the exclusive franchise tag on Seymour, meaning unless he is traded he will be a Raider next season. With the tag, Seymour will be guaranteed a salary for next season of at least $12.398 million, which is the average salary earned last year by the five highest-paid defensive ends in the league. If the average for next season is greater than that on April 15, Seymour will get the new amount. Oakland would like to sign him to a long-term deal.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.