Seymour Absent At Minicamp
FOXBOROUGH The New England Patriots' top defensive lineman, Richard Seymour decided he didn't like something about minicamp; the heat, the drills, or maybe even the financial compensation. Seymour pulled a no-show at minicamp today, leaving questions lingering as to the reason why.
Seymour who has been more vocal about his dissatisfaction with his current contract status in recent days, is looking to get an upgrade to the deal he signed as a rookie. Seymour was a first round selection by the Patriots in 2001 and has been a force for the Patriots in their three Super Bowl runs, and has two years remaining on a 6-year deal he signed as a rookie.
While it's common practice for players to sign 5-year deals in their first contract, Seymour's 6-year 14.3 million deal can be labeled as a significant bargain for the Patriots. With other all-pro defensive linemen receiving signing bonuses the size of Seymour's entire deal, who could blame him for wanting a raise. The problem is, he still has two more seasons to go on his current contract, and the team has a policy of not redoing deals with more than a year left.
Whether or not Seymour is actually holding out is yet to be determined. His agent has not returned calls for comment, and the team has only said that his absence is "unexcused." When pressed for more information Belichick would only say that "He's under contract and he's not here. Anything else, you would have to ask Richard about."
Seymour's last comments about his contract came at a charity function for the Ronald McDonald House at the Boston YMCA where he told those asking about his contract status to ask coach Belichick.
Whether or not Seymour intends to skip the camp entirely has not been determined, but speculation leads one to believe that is the case. Belichick confirmed Seymour has been around the facility recently during the OTAs and offseason activities.
If Seymour is not available for any period of time, 4th-year player Jarvis Green will fill in for him along with 2nd-year pro, Marquise Hill and possibly some contributions by 5th-year pro Rodney Bailey who missed all of last season with an injury.
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