Falcons, Richard Seymour hit impasse in contract negotiations
But thus far in the offseason, Seymour is still unsigned. The situation is likely to remain so in the near future, since the two sides have reportedly hit an impasse in contract negotiations.
Despite the earlier reports that indicated contract negotiations were ongoing all along, recent reports shed new light to the situation which indicates that either the Falcons are not going to sign Seymour, or negotiations will pick up again down the line. According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, Seymour said that while negotiations aren’t headed anywhere right now, he is grateful to the Falcons for their interest and efforts to reach an agreement on a contract. Seymour also reportedly said he remains open on signing a contract with team if further roster needs develop closer to training camp.
Seymour is considered to be one of the top well-seasoned veterans still available on the free agent market, but there hasn’t been much interest in him (with the expectation of the Falcons) from around the league. Although Seymour is coming off a season with the Raiders in which he was limited by hamstring and knee injuries while ending the year on the injured reserve, he also made the Pro Bowl (2010, 2011) twice consecutively in his last two full seasons with the team. Seymour is expected to at the very least compete for a starting job and make a huge impact on the defensive line, wherever he ends up signing this year.
Bringing Seymour under contract seemed to bode well with the overall approach the Falcons have been adopting this offseason. They signed several veterans and also brought back tight end Gonzalez as part of the effort wide receiver Roddy White described as the “Super Bowl or nothing” run. Seymour will count a long way towards the Falcons’ interior pass rush, while bolstering a defense that allowed opponents 4.8 yards per carry last season.
But Seymour seems to drive a heavy bargain and the Falcons don’t appear to be all that comfortable with loosening their purse strings according to Seymour’s demands. The Falcons could still change their minds about negotiations even after training camp, but they also have the option of signing another free agent or bolstering their defensive depth from within.