Nov 20, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour (92) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Raiders defeated the Vikings 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Seymour Unable to Agree on Contract Terms with Atlanta Falcons


Oct 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour (92) reacts after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars in overtime 26-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Seymour is still out of a job after being cut by the Oakland Raiders.

The defensive tackle could not agree on contract terms with the Atlanta Falcons, who were said to be pursuing Seymour for the past few months.

“I thank them for their efforts,” Seymour told Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports. 

LaCanfora also reported that Seymour is open to signing with the Falcons before training camp, but for now it appears the talks have been called off.

The four-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro tackle had a down year last season in Oakland, 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, 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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