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Sunday, June 12, 2005 

Seeing less of Seymour

New England Pro Bowl DL Richard Seymour made news this week by refusing to attend a mandatory minicamp. Seymour had attended all of the voluntary sessions, so his absence was somewhat surprising, even though the 5-year veteran has reportedly been unhappy with his contract situation. With two years remaining on his original rookie contract, Seymour is averaging $3.3 million a year, while the average for the top five DL contracts in the league is $6.6 million.

The problem for Seymour is that he is going to have to leave New England to become the highest-paid lineman. Since Belichick and the brain trust didn't make Tom Brady the highest-paid QB, it would shock me if they come close to that with Seymour. He's a great player, but he's also inconsistent - though I always wonder if the Patriots various schemes utilize Seymour in different ways so he appears to be less consistent. The other problem for Seymour is that the Patriots have several younger defensive linemen (Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Jarvis Green, etc), so unless one of them stumble this year, it's unlikely they'll overpay at a position where they have some quality depth.

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