Friday, June 28, 2013
More on Seymour's options
By Tim Kavanagh
At one point this offseason, the Atlanta Falcons and free agent D-lineman Richard Seymour appeared to be nearing a deal to bring the former Patriot and Raider to the club. Some believed that when Tyson Clabo's cap hit came off the books after June 1, this would be the time when Seymour would be signed; others believe that Seymour will only be added after the team inks its new deal with QB Matt Ryan, a pact which may reduce Ryan's 2013 cap hit. It's also possible that no deal is stuck at all between Seymour and the Falcons.
In that case, the veteran may elect to simply retire. "I have no regrets about my career & if it's time to move on to another chapter in my life so be it," Seymour declared during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio recently. But he also indicated that playing for Atlanta might make sense, too.
"In terms of Atlanta, obviously, we had some talks," Seymour confirmed, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "[There's] really nothing new to report. I think they are a team that is definitely on the rise and they obviously have a lot of great players at the positions that you want to have. I think it's a first class organization when you look at them from top to bottom. They have done things the right way. Now, when you look at them, I think they are one of the model franchises in the National Football League. So, that is a team that I have a lot of respect for from the owner, the [general manager] and down to the coaches. Even when you look at the players ... they are some of the best in the league. Obviously, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Atlanta."
Previous reports indicated that Seymour has made smart long-term financial decisions with his NFL wages, so the need to cash in with one last contract isn't really there. Priorities will have to line up on both sides of the table for this to work out, it would seem.