- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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During free agency, there were reports that Oakland free-agent defensive lineman Richard Seymour was only interested in playing for a big-dollar contract.
However, the NFL Network reports that Seymour is highly interested in continuing to play. There is very little money out there at this point, so Seymour will not be looking at big money. He has to know that, so it appears Seymour is willing to play for what will be offered. Seymour will likely command a decent salary (for this time of the year) on a short-term deal.
Seymour is 33, his play has declined, and he has dealt with a lot of injuries in recent seasons. Still, the word around the league is he might be able to help a contender in a limited role. Seymour play in multiple schemes, and can play defensive end and defensive tackle. So, he could be attractive for a team looking for a veteran to play 20-25 snaps a game.
Denver was previously mentioned as a possible landing spot for Seymour. Yet, the Broncos have added to their defensive line in free agency and in the draft, so there is no pressing need there.
Could Seymour return to Oakland? I think Seymour would like to play for a contender. But he often said how much he enjoyed playing in Oakland after his 2009 trade from New England.
Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie has not shown much interest in bringing back players from the former regime. But Oakland does have some holes on the defensive line, and perhaps if the price is right, the sides could come to agreement. But as of now, I think the odds are Seymour plays elsewhere.