When the New England Patriots traded away Richard Seymour back in 2009, it appeared that all bridges had been burned.
Seymour refused to show up for the Oakland Raiders in the days following the trade, unhappy about being shipped off by the Patriots. So would he really consider returning to the team that turned their backs on him?
As crazy as it seems, it’s not completely out of the question.
Just about everybody who knows anything about the Patriots is aware that their defensive line is a mess. Apart from promising second-year defensive end Chandler Jones, New England lacks any impact players up front who can turn the tide with a single play. Bringing a dynamic player like Seymour back into the mix could change that, though.
Despite being 33-years old, Seymour can still be an impact player in the NFL. Although his production has declined in recent years, he still shows a knack for getting to the quarterback, something that the Patriots have severely lacked for the past few seasons. In 2011, he was named to the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro team, and was on pace for a solid 2013 campaign before injuries forced him to miss the final eight games.
Especially considering that so many defensive linemen have been signed well under their market value this offseason, the Patriots could get Seymour at a reasonable price. He has yet to receive much interest on the open market, which could lead him to take the first offer tabled. If the Patriots come a knockin’, a reunion could be in order.
Patriots head honcho Bill Belichick has a history of turning has-beens into still-ares. If Seymour is willing to return to New England for the right price, Belichick might be able to work his magic yet again.