October 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour (92) acknowledges the crowd after making a defensive stop on third down against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Former Raiders DT Richard Seymour Wants to Keep Playing


Richard Seymour may be 33 years old and washed up, but he is still considered to be one of the top free agents currently on the market.

The defensive tackle, who was cut by the Oakland Raiders earlier this offseason, would like to keep playing.

“I’ve had a couple of text conversations with Richard, and he definitely wants to play,” according to NFL.com’s Steve Wyche.

The seven-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro tackle had a down year last season, playing in just eight games and recording 15 tackles and three sacks. He was traded to the Raiders in 2009 after a successful tenure with the Patriots.

It should only be a matter of time before someone swoops up the veteran Seymour. The Atlanta Falcons are mentioned as a potential suitor in NFL.com’s report, and James Arcellana of Silver and Black Pride even speculates that a return to Oakland could be possible:

If Seymour comes to his senses and is willing to accept a reasonable salary, it would make sense for Reggie McKenzie to look at bringing him back. When Seymour first joined the team, he was hearalded for his leadership abilities. He has been credited with turning Tommy Kelly from an overweight average player to a strong presence up the middle. He was also credited with helping turn around the losing atmosphere that had dominated Oakland locker rooms for years.

The Raiders do need help at nearly every position on the field, so bringing back Seymour for low cost to provide some depth on their defensive line would not be a bad idea.

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  • Eugene Yamamoto

    Thanks for raising this. Big Rich should be brought back for his ability, his leadership and continuity because he can now teach the tarver defense to the new D linemen. I hope a reasonable deal can be struck — plus even in bad times this man carries the Raider swag — you don’t hear many people dissing this guy — am I right Big Ben?