Falcons were trying to sign DL Richard Seymour but he tells me they couldn't agree on contract terms. "I thank them for their efforts."— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 16, 2013
The long time defensive end Richard Seymour could not reach a contract agreement with the Falcons, a team that was long favored to sign the hometown product. Should the Titans pounce on the Falcons' failure to sign the veteran All-Pro?
Signing Richard Seymour would add even more depth to the somewhat meager Titans defensive line by giving Derrick Morgan and fellow ex-Raider teammate, Kamerion Wimbley a rest, which they sorely lacked last year. He would bring a steady guiding veteran presence (seriously, check his credentials) to the young and revamped defensive line. Another positive would be Seymour bringing the fiery passion similar to S Bernard Pollard to a defense that played Charmin soft at multiple instances over the years. The versatility of playing either end or tackle is a great selling point as well. Last time I checked, Nashville is pretty close to Seymour's native Georgia so the recruiting pitch of the opportunity to be close to home is unrivaled by no other team except the home state Falcons.
Seymour is going into his age 33 season and has shown signs of breaking down with injury over the past couple of years. While being passionate about the game, some of it is misguided as Seymour has been penalized over hard hits and not necessarily controlling his mouth in the media (a possible sin of Bernard Pollard's as well).
Would I sign him if I were the Titans? Yes I would given the contract terms are right. Seymour would be veteran depth for a young team that needs leaders with the resume in the worst way possible. He won't be hurting for any money as the Raiders owe him almost $12 million for releasing him so a one year prove it or leave it deal won't hurt his bank account, nor the Titans' cap space. The Titans, during the offseason have looked at multiple big bodied defensive ends in free agency, signing one (Ropati P.) and losing one (Matt Shaughnessy to the Cards). Seymour fits the profile at 6'6 317. GM Ruston Webster has proven during the free agency period that he's willing to go for short term veteran players to bolster the Titans' cause. What's one more to him? What say ye, MCM?