The Atlanta Falcons are on the verge of winning their first Super Bowl championship this season, but they still need a veteran presence who knows what it takes get the Lombardi trophy. General manager Thomas Dimitroff knows all too well that a veteran locker room needs a champion to show the other players how to reach the their dream of a Super Bowl Championship. That player is three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour.
With the departure of All-Pro defensive lineman John Abraham, the Falcons need another body on the defensive line. Seymour did not play well the last two seasons for the Oakland Raiders, but he dealt with injuries and nobody on the Raiders defense played well.
At this point in his career, Seymour would be more of a rotational player who can line up at both defensive tackle and defensive end. He can still be effective against the run and can bring ferociousness to the Falcons defensive line.
With future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez about to retire after the season, it is important for the Falcons to do everything they can to win now. There is no guarantee that the Falcons’ run of excellence can last more than a few seasons. They have great leaders on offense, but they still need leadership on defense.
Now that the free agent market has cooled down, Seymour would not cost the Falcons much money. At best, the Falcons will get a great rotational defensive lineman who can help stop the run. At worst, the Falcons will get veteran leadership in the locker room. It just makes too much sense for the Falcons to bring in Seymour.
Jorge Contreras is an Oakland Raiders writer for RantSports.com. Follow Jorge on Twitter @jraycontreras