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Richard Seymour open to returning to a contending team

/ CBS Sports NFL Insider

Richard Seymour has 57.5 career sacks in his 12-year career.   (USATSI)

Richard Seymour has 57.5 career sacks in his 12-year career. (USATSI)

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Former All-Pro defensive lineman Richard Seymour told me this week he has discussed his playing status with his family and is open to a return for a “contending” team by Week 10, if it was a situation he and his wife agreed on.

Seymour, a standout versatile defensive end/tackle who has thrived both inside and outside, was approached by the 49ers following the loss of Aldon Smith, but according to a team source, the sides could not get close financially. Detroit has also explored him as an option and the Falcons were making inquiries into the season, but their interest has subsided.

Seymour starred with the Patriots and Raiders, but said he would not consider a return to New England, who traded him to Oakland for two first-round picks.

Seymour was making $15 million a year with Oakland and is not a veteran-minimum guy. Teams that gauged his interest in the preseason believed it would take at least $5 million a year to land him.  If Seymour does find the right situation to play again “it’ll be a family decision,” he said, otherwise he plans to explore options in the media and he is also pursuing getting his pilot’s license in Atlanta, where his family resides.

“I’ll continue to entertain offers up until Week 10, looking for the right situation,” he said.

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