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Richard Seymour, Atlanta Falcons Reportedly Talking


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  • By Chris Wesseling
  • Around the League Writer
  • Published: May 23, 2013 at 08:41 p.m.
  • Updated: May 23, 2013 at 09:42 p.m.

Around The League predicted earlier this month that free-agent defensive tackle Richard Seymour would end up signing with the Atlanta Falcons, not far from where the veteran defensive trains in the offseason.

The Falcons and Seymour now have begun contract discussions, FoxSports.com reported Thursday.

It would be an excellent fit for both sides. Arguably the best free agent available, Seymour still is playing at a high level when healthy. His presence would be a boon to a Falcons defensive line that has struggled to consistently defend the run and cave the pocket, especially against mobile quarterbacks such as Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.

Although the Falcons are up against the salary cap, they are expected to regain $4.5 million when Tyson Clabo's release goes through after June 1. A Matt Ryan contract extension also would free up cap space, but that might have to wait until the summer. Either way, the salary cap shouldn't be a major hurdle once June rolls around.

The Falcons picked up much-needed speed in the secondary with the early round draft selections of sub-4.40 cornerbacks Marcus Trufant and Robert Alford. If general manager Thomas Dimitroff can add Seymour to join pass rusher Osi Umenyiora, he will have upgraded two of his three levels on defense. The Falcons are keeping pace with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks in the NFC arms race.

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Edited by Chitown2ATL_Falcon
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lol....I could recite the article verbatim from memory at this point. But no worries, no matter how many times I read it I still find myself smiling.

I don't mind it at all. It's the off season and not much going on. I think it shows fandom. Just a Falcon fan trying to spread the gospel.

What made it funny was it being in between the other 4 Seymour threads.

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I don't mind it at all. It's the off season and not much going on. I think it shows fandom. Just a Falcon fan trying to spread the gospel.

What made it funny was it being in between the other 4 Seymour threads.

True...but despite being redundant, the thread has to be more rewarding than going back & forth with Frenzy/Swift in the Seattle/SF topic.

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Whattttttttt really? Wow.

I'm more shocked this was not posted last night or how gdawg has not bumped his nostradamus thread.

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