Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweeted late Saturday night that the Falcons and free agent defensive tackle Richard Seymour couldn’t agree on contract terms. This morning, La Canfora added the Falcons might resume talks later before training camp opens in late July.
Seymour has long been rumored to be a player that the Falcons were interested in. That interest began in March, but carried over to late May when rumors began to pick up. The Falcons were expected to wait until after June 1 to negotiate seriously with Seymour due to the money they would free up from the release of Tyson Clabo. Also reports indicated that Seymour’s signing would also have to wait until after the Falcons agreed to a contract extension with Matt Ryan.
Seymour has spent the past four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Last year, he started only 8 games due to injury, but recorded 3 sacks. Prior to joining the Raiders in 2009, he was a long-time star with the New England Patriots. In his 12-year NFL career, Seymour has recorded 57.5 sacks and been voted to 7 Pro Bowls. He went to college at the University of Georgia and lives in Atlanta during the offseason.