Richard Seymour may have played his last game in his NFL, and that’s perfectly fine with him because he probably has enough money to live comfortably and happily ever after.
He also is a future Hall of Famer, who should not be ashamed of walking away from the game that he shined in for most of his career.
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.
In an interview, Seymour implied that he will retire if he does not get a deal that he likes.
According to NFL.com, “Seymour said he had no regrets about his career thus far. And he sounded ready to retire if he didn’t get the right offer, saying ‘so be it’ if it’s time to move on to another chapter.”
He has been flirting with the Atlanta Falcons in recent weeks, but has not signed with them yet.
While Seymour will be remembered more for his time with the Patriots than the Raiders, he did represent the Raiders in the Pro Bowl in 2011.
Unfortunately, Raiders fans will most likely recall his unwillingness to play in Oakland after being traded, and his lackluster effort in an injury-filled season last year.