PATRIOTS REPORT: Seymour Agrees To Deal

The New England Patriots have their all-pro defensive lineman returning to camp. Richard Seymour has agreed to terms to come to camp, the team announced today. In the statement, no terms of the deal were announced, but the news was welcomed by both the head coach and the players PI spoke to.

PHOTO: New England Patriots DE Richard Seymour during a drill at practice Feb 2, 2005 (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

FOXBOROUGH -- Defensive End Richard Seymour has reached an agreement with the Patriots according to an announcement made by the team today. Seymour who had been holding out from camp was looking to improve the 6-year deal he signed as a rookie. He had decided to boycott camp until progress was made on negotiations to extend his current deal.

According to the joint statement, the club and Seymour said, "We are very pleased that the situation has been resolved and that our complete focus can move back to the field. We firmly believe it is in our best interest to concentrate fully on training camp and the challenges that lie ahead for the upcoming season."

According to head coach Bill Belichick, he's glad to have the distraction of Seymour's holdout over, "We're happy to have him back at camp and we're looking forward to seeing him out there on the field," Belichick said after announcing Seymour agreed to come to camp.

Belichick expects the all-pro to report to camp sometime during the day Tuesday, August 2nd, although there's no guarantee when he will arrive. There's also no timetable for when he will begin practice, with Belichick saying "He'll practice when he's ready."

Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel said "This is the first I've heard of it [Seymour's signing]. It's great." Vrabel went on to say that although the team didn't "need" any one player, he was happy to have Seymour back at Foxborough.

"He's a professional since the day he got drafted. That's what Hall of Fame type players do," Vrabel said. "Now that he's here he's going to help us."

While terms of the deal were not released, some reports are indicating that Seymour will receive roughly $4 million for the 2005 season, with other adjustments to be made to the final year of the contract at a later time.

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