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RaiderNation
02-24-2010, 04:24 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4942996&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines

The Oakland Raiders invested a 2011 first-round pick in defensive end Richard Seymour, and they are determined not to lose him now.

With this in mind, the Raiders have used their franchise tag on Seymour, as the two sides could not agree on a long-term contract extension, according to a source close to the situation.

The move is neither surprising nor cheap. The franchise tag for defensive ends is worth $12.398 million. The deadline for teams to use their franchise tags on prospective free agents is next Thursday.