The Contra Costa Times reports that the Oakland Raider front office intends on using its franchise tag on Richard Seymour, which would result in a $12 million payday for the DT/DE.
As for Sebastian Janikowski, the Raiders will be looking to lock up the former FSU kicker long-term, but are not ruling out the use of their Transition Tag, which would guarantee SeaBass a $2.629 million contract.
For the Raiders, locking down their most potent offensive weapon should be tantamount, especially if the team plans on riding the JaMarcus Russell experiment through to the bitter end.
On D, Seymour quickly came to be seen as a leader, along with the humble-but-shutdown Nnamdi Asomugha. It's been reported that, despite feeling "blind-sided" by the trade that brought him to the Bay Area, Seymour has said on several occasions that he enjoys playing in Oakland.
With a fresh core of young talent that includes Chaz Schilens, Larry Murphy, Kirk Morrison, and Zach Miller, the Raiders would be well advised to anchor down these two veteran players.
The urgency is compounded by the fact that Oakland will be without a 1st round draft pick next year -- the price they paid for prying Seymour from New England last year.