Free agent DT Richard Seymour still on Falcons’ radar
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff did not give a clear-cut answer to that burning question during an interview on PFT talk Live this weekend. But Dimitroff offered just enough information to confirm the Falcons still maintains interest in the veteran and the team is closely monitoring Seymour’s free agency situation.
"We're very conscientious about making sure that we bring in veterans that we believe are legitimate starters and still can contribute at a substantial level,” said Dimitroff. “We're not just bringing in veteran talent that end up being cheerleaders for us at all. We're gonna bring in guys that are substantial, for us, difference makers.”
Seymour was plagued by injuries in the 2012, including a grade 2 hamstring injury in November, which limited him to only eight games while registering just three sacks before finishing the season on the injured reserve. The 33-year-old did not draw much interest on the open market since becoming a free agent in March, but the Falcons seem to believe that Seymour’s still got plenty of gas in the tank.
“Richard is a fine football player, I know him well from his days in New England, said Dimitroff, “and I still believe he can play.”
“He's a guy right now that there's a lot of discussion about him coming here. There's nothing new to report on him ... again, that's something we'll continue to keep our eye on,” continued Dimitroff. “We're getting to a point where we're wrapping up our roster here very soon.”
The University of Georgia standout Seymour was originally selected sixth overall by the New England Patriots in the 2011 NFL draft. But after eight years with the Patriots, Seymour spent the past four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. The 13th year NFL veteran has compiled 57.5 sacks over his entire NFL career.
The Falcons are still looking for veteran help after upgrading their defensive line with the addition of defensive end Osi Umenyiora this offseason. Seymour has previously expressed interest in playing for a contending team. If Seymour manages to stay healthy and address all of the Falcons’ concerns, the seven-time Pro Bowler could end up contributing in a significant role on Mike Nolan’s defense next season.