Raiders news: Chandler Jones echoes memories of Richard Seymour

This weekend, Richard Seymour will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The defensive lineman, of course, ended his career with the Raiders after being traded from the New England Patriots in 2009. Seymour retired after four seasons in Oakland. However, Seymour is best known for playing for the New England Patriots.

Seymour spent his first eight NFL seasons in New England. He was selected to the All-Pro first team three times and won three superbowl rings with the Patriots.

Richard Seymour

With Seymour — who was 29 when he was traded to Oakland and is now 42 — being in the spotlight this week, I wanted to watch the comparisons of the Raiders’ latest big acquisition of a defensive star.

This offseason, of course, the Raiders signed pass-rushing star Chandler Jones.

Like Seymour, Jones began his career in New England and won a Super Bowl ring there. Chances are Jones, who has 107.5 career sacks, will one day join Seymour in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Jones, who has spent the past six seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, joined the Raiders later in his career than Seymour. Jones is 32 years old. But like Seymour, I expect Jones, who signed a three-year, $51 million contract in March, to make a big contribution in Las Vegas.

Seymour did the Pro-Bowl after his second and third seasons in Oakland. Jones is still producing at a high level like Seymour was when he came to the Raiders.

Jones has had at least 10.5 sacks every season he has been injury free since 2015, including 19 sacks in 2019.

So, like Seymour, the Raiders are adding a former defensive playmaker in the twilight of his career and I expect the Raider Nation to celebrate Jones one day in Canton, as many are planning to do for Seymour this weekend.

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