Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive tackle (92) Richard Seymour against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Richard Seymour and the Oakland Raiders

Richard Seymour

Oct 21, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour (92) reacts after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jaguars in overtime 26-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The last time Seymour was in Oakland he was handed his walking papers. The aging defensive tackle isn’t exactly what he used to be. Coming off a mediocre and injury filled season, Seymour hasn’t drawn much attention in free agency.

Why would he? The NFL today is all about young playmakers. Veterans like Seymour typically expect to be paid top dollar for their services. The truth is, Seymour, has maybe two good years left in the tank. And that is being generous. What GM is going to pay the washed up Pro-Bowler that kind of money for a two down, injury prone lineman.

Bringing Seymour to a cross roads in his career. He can choose to continue looking for a high paying job on a contending team.

Or he can accept reality and lower his price, hoping to get signed by a team like the Atlanta Falcons. Seymour would certainly add talent to the defensive line in Atlanta. All the while, being a part of a Super Bowl contending squad.

However, if Atlanta deems Seymour as a lost cause, too riddled by injury to use up the cap space he will be out of a job. This could result in Seymour crawling back to Oakland.

Oakland could use any experienced help available on the defensive line. So if Reggie can’t reel in anyone else (Dwight Freeney is a name being thrown around) he may reach out to Seymour.

Should Reggie take Seymour back?

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  • boosh

    Seymour would be welcomed back at the right price. He gives a veteran presence as well as swagger. We need a volatile mountain on the d line

  • Raider Grant

    Even though seymour is a veteran he proved his worth down the stretch in 2011 with stupid penalties & mistakes that changed outcomes of games; only adding to his decline as a player in 2012. It would have to be seriously skinny deal to bring him back.

  • Bubba Slim

    Bring him back. He still has plenty of play left in him, and his injury last year has lowered his cost, and probably raised his desire to prove he is not washed up.

  • bill kush

    I say move on from Seymour. I think he hurts the team more then he would help. I’d only bring him back if real cheap. Same thing with Woodson.

  • Joe InMaryland

    I think Freeney would be a better pick, but I wouldn’t cut out Seymour for the right price on either one