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Why Richard Seymour to Atlanta Falcons Makes Perfect Sense

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 25: Richard Seymour #92 of the Oakland Raiders looks on against the New York Jets during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 25, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Mike FosterCorrespondent INovember 8, 2016

Veteran defensive tackle/end Richard Seymour is 33 years old, which doesn't bode well for the common rhetoric surrounding his potential to sign with another team, like the Atlanta Falcons, rather than retire this offseason. 

There have been talks that Seymour and the Falcons have been in correspondence, but the latest report from NFL.com's Mark Sessler shows the water is still pretty stagnant. 

"Translation: The holdup is money. Seymour -- who's open to retirement -- won't return for peanuts." 

The Falcons may have only had peanuts last week, but as of June 1 Atlanta's salary cap room jumped to more than $6 million thanks to the freed money from the release of Tyson Clabo

Also, it's important to remember that Matt Ryan still has not restructured his contract. When he does—which should be this offseason—his 2013 base salary will inevitably drop, giving Comrade even more dollars to play with. 

Will Seymour even be Atlanta's business? Surely, one more significant free-agent signing could be made before the season. So why go after a worn down veteran toward the end of his career? 

Last season, Seymour registered just 15 tackles and three sacks. But it's important to note that he only played in eight games. 

In 2011, when he started an entire season, he managed 29 tackles and six sacks. That's pretty decent production from a defensive tackle. 

Atlanta's production at that position was horrible last year. Outside of veteran Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters returns to the position with 15 tackles and zero sacks on his line in the stat book. 

Vance Walker is in Oakland, replacing Seymour, and Peria Jerry's time in the NFL could be sputtering. 

Seymour brings a big body and production. He doesn't need to be a Pro Bowler, but his veteran presence and history as a New England Patriot definitely help the lure. Asante Samuel, another former Patriot, immediately made a difference in his first season in Atlanta. 

Bringing in veterans is the No. 1 priority for the Falcons. They have escalated to the team they are today by going after blue-collar, low-key players in the draft and finding a top layer of veterans to help mold a championship pedigree. 

Seymour would undoubtedly help that role, along with newly signed defensive end and former Super Bowl champion Osi Umenyiora

The truth is, the Falcons will have more than just peanuts to throw at a free-agent signing. Defensive tackle appears to be one of the last positions that needs to be beefed up, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff has made it clear that going after veteran guys to top off a young core is a staple in his grand scheme. 

Cooler talk might implicate that there's nothing good happening between a worn veteran who'd still want a pretty hefty paycheck and a team that has to be frugal, but Dimitroff obviously has quite a pitch for his 2013 team, and obviously, to this point, the other veterans have decided to jump in. 

Mike Foster is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist, covering the Atlanta Falcons. Follow Mike on Twitter! 

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