Defensive end Richard Seymour made $15 million per year over the last two seasons in Oakland.
The Falcons have just $5.8 million left under the cap. They have two rookies to sign and a $100 million-mega-deal to do with quarterback Matt Ryan.
Do the math? The Falcons and Seymour just don't add up at this time.
After the Falcons finish their rookie deals, they will have just under $4 million left under the salary cap, according to NFLPA documents.
Seymour, a former University of Georgia standout, recently told Jason La Canfora of CBS sports that the Falcons currently don’t have enough money to sign him and he thanked the team for their efforts.
The quote “I thank them for their efforts,” appears to be attributed to Seymour in a La Canfora tweet.(I couldn't find the story that Jason referenced in the tweet. I'll shoot him a text and see if he can send it along.)
Once Ryan’s contract extension is done and his salary cap number drops from $12 million into the $6 million to $7 million range, that would free up more space. At that time, the Falcons could make a more legitimate run at Seymour, a seven-time Pro Bowler, if they so desired.
A defensive front line of Jonathan Babineaux at LDE, Seymour at LDT, Corey Peters at RDT and Osi Umenyiora RDE would be pretty fierce. Kroy Biermann, Peria Jerry, Cliff Matthews, Travian Robertson and Malliciah Goodman and/or Jonathan Massaquoi could all rotate in.
Seymour was the sixth overall pick by New England in the 2001 draft. He played eight seasons with the Patriots and has been with the Oakland Raiders for the past four seasons.