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2009 Richard Seymour trade still paying dividends nearly ten years later for Patriots

Mike Bachini
January 07, 2019 - 11:12 am
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Nearly ten years later, the Patriots September 6th, 2009 trade of Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders is still paying off for the Patriots and their plans for the future.

Earlier today, Pro Football Talk reported that the Patriots are likely to receive two, third-round compensatory draft picks in the upcoming 2019 NFL draft. One of those picks is compensation for letting former left tackle Nate Solder leave via free agency to sign with the New York Giants.

Nate Solder, as you might remember, was the 17th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. A draft pick aquired from the Oakland Raiders when the Patriots traded Seymour to the west coast.

Seymour has been out of the league for so long now that he is a finalist for the 2019 NFL Hall of Fame.

The trade was criticized by some at the time, as the Patriots were trading a generational talent albeit with one year left on his contract for a draft pick that wouldn't even convey for two more years. The Raiders finished 5-11 in 2009, and had the Patriots received a 2010 pick for Seymour, the Patriots would have received the 8th overall pick in that draft. The Raiders, with Seymour's help, improved to 8-8 in 2010, and the Patriots received the 17th overall pick and drafted Solder.

Solder played left tackle for the Patriots for 7 seasons. He started at left tackle in 4 Super Bowls during that time, winning 2.

This past offseason he cashed in with the New York Giants, signing a 4 year, $62 million dollar deal with $35 million guaranteed. Because of this, the Patriots are now projected to receive a third-round compensatory draft pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

It's a testament to the Patriots eye towards the future that a trade that was completed nearly 10 years ago, is still supplying the team with future draft capital that could potentially strengthen the team for years to come. Of course the Patriots still need to make that draft pick count, the way they made the Solder pick count 8 years ago. But having the opportunity is half the battle.