Richard Seymour, Atlanta Falcons caught in contract talks

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Richard Seymour
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After fielding a less-than-impressive defensive line in 2012, the Atlanta Falcons are determined to improve their front four in 2013. The first move can in the form of pass-rusher Osi Umenyiora, and now it appears that the Falcons are ready to add another veteran to the mix.

According to reports, the Falcons have begun contract discussions with defensive tackle Richard Seymour, formerly of the Oakland Raiders.

The four-time Pro Bowler was waiting for a contender to come calling, which makes the Falcons a great fit. If Atlanta can offer a contract that works with the little amount of cap space they have available, Seymour will be a great fit for them and their defensive line needs. The fact that $4.5 million will open up when Tyson Clabo’s release goes into effect on June 1 should help get a deal done.

The Falcons currently have Corey Peters, Jonathan Babineaux and a handful of young, unproven players at defensive tackle. While Peters and Babineaux are solid starters on the interior, the lack of depth doesn’t leave much room for a rotation. With a player like Seymour in the mix, the Falcons would have a lot more flexibility at defensive tackle.

Above all, Seymour would bring an interior pass rush that the Falcons have been desperately looking for in the past few seasons. The 13-year NFL veteran has 57.5 career sacks and has always been known as a disruptive force as a pass rusher. The added presence of Umenyiora and Seymour could be just what the Falcons need to field a vastly-improved pass rush in 2013 while temporarily keeping defensive line coach Ray Hamilton off the chopping block.

Seymour is one of the best free agents currently on the market, and would be a welcomed addition for the Falcons as they look to maintain their standing as a contender in 2013.

Gil Alcaraz IV is a Content Planner/NFL Featured Columnist for Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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