Apologies mgteich - I didn't want to distract from the excellent topic posed by Patriots-80 so I pulled your post here to a new thread. This is NOT to be argumentive, mgteich. I respect and enjoy your posts. But just in terms of simple curiosity and maybe some perspective for me - "Wants" I can certainly understand very well - and even honestly in terms of perceived fairness and worth and respect. I'm not sure about 'needs'. After you pass $10M, I'm not sure how much 'need' there is. ? You note that he may not want the most money possible. How does that fit with wanting to be the highest paid DL ? And suppose it turns out that he wants - and somebody will pay - millions more than even the currently highest DL contract ? It seems, to me also, that Seymour is certainly one of the most deserving players I can think of to get the 'highest' contract ever given for a DL. I have real doubts whether the Patriots would ever do such a contract - I am certainly prepared to be dead wrong about that, since I have been so surprised so many times by what Belichick and Pioli do different than they have done before or what people expect. I have to wonder if they will ever do a contract like Colvin's again. Any contract like that is such a risk in the NFL and such a dead weight if a player can't play out the contract. I have to admit to being VERY surprised also at the contract they gave Dillon. I'd be interested in whatever thoughts folks have.