September 23, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour (92) gestures during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Steelers 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency: Former Oakland Raiders DT Richard Seymour in Contract Talks with Atlanta Falcons

Richard Seymour may have found a new home.

The former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle is currently in contract talks with the Atlanta Falcons, according to FOX Sports. 

The four-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.

Instead of paying him over $19 million to stay for next season, the Raiders voided his contract earlier this year. However, due to a contract clause, the Raiders still owe him over $13 million for next season. Seymour did not play enough downs in 2012 to meet the requirements for the Raiders to void and be clear of his contract.

For the Falcons, adding Seymour would be another big acquisition to the defense after they brought in defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

Here’s an excerpt from the FOX Sports report:

Seymour could represent a big upgrade at the tackle position. The Falcons not only have struggled to defend read-option teams like Carolina, Seattle and San Francisco but also have gotten little in the way of a pass rush up the middle against strong throwing teams like New Orleans. Penetration up the middle from a player like the 6-foot-6, 317-pound Seymour, who has 57 1/2 career sacks, would benefit them in a major way.

It is certainly plausible that Seymour would want to join a Super Bowl-contending team late in his career, especially since he played his college ball at Georgia.


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