At his peak, Richard Seymour was one of the best and most-feared defensive linemen in the NFL, and there was certainly an argument for him as the absolute best. Now, at age 33, Seymour has been released by the Oakland Raiders, and is on the look-out for a new team.
His release from Oakland was a pure cost-cutting move for the newly frugal Raiders, but Seymour’s age and decline in production have reportedly found him with a potential lack of suitors for his services. In addition to these issues, there are rumors swirling about Seymour’s salary demands not matching his current level of play.
Earlier in the week, it was reported on the NFL Network (by Steve Wyche) that Seymour still wanted to play, and it’s frankly surprising that there doesn’t seem to be a line of teams to sign him. The Atlanta Falcons are a team that consistently pops up when Seymour is discussed, and in addition to them, Tampa Bay has been linked to the former Patriots star.
The most impressive thing about Seymour’s career has been his ability to adapt to circumstance, and he’s been successful in many, many different positions on the NFL field. It would be a shame if he were remembered for his exit from New England (unceremonious, to say the least) or for his interesting exit from Oakland to factor into his legacy. Richard Seymour is a Hall-of-Fame caliber defensive lineman, and I have a strong feeling that he’ll be on the field on Sundays when the fall arrives.