Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour is heading into the final year of his contract, and should New England fail to reach a deal on an extension, the five-time Pro Bowler could cash in big in an uncapped year in 2010.
Tom Curran of NBC Sports spoke to Seymour on Tuesday, and when asked if he wanted to remain with the Patriots, Seymour said, “Absolutely. But it takes two to tango.”
In 2005 the two sides didn’t dance together too well. With two years left on his deal and after outperforming his rookie contract, Seymour held out during the start of training camp until they finally reached an agreement on a 3-year extension worth approximately $30-million. Now still under the age of 30, the Patriots defensive lineman is in the driver’s seat and controls his own future, which could potentially cost New England quite a bit if they’d like to keep him in a Patriots uniform.
“I’ll control what I can control,” he told Curran. “Always bet on yourself. The great thing is, you as a player control it. You go out and play and let the chips fall where they may.”