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

Former Oakland Raiders DT Richard Seymour May Sign with Atlanta Falcons after June 1

Richard Seymour is still out of a job after being cut by the Oakland Raiders, but probably won’t be for long.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Atlanta Falcons may sign Seymour after June 1, when $4.5 million worth of salary cap space is freed up.

FOX Sports reported last week that the Falcons were in contract talks with Seymour, but later reports suggested that nothing was imminent.

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.

Also, as Rapoport points out, Seymour’s adopted son, DeVondre Seymour, has committed to the University of Georgia, and Seymour would love to see him play.


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