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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Seymour Seymour Seymour and other Pats camp stuff

Continuing on the theme of disgruntled millionaires, there's still no sign of Richard Seymour at The Patriots training camp.

I'm very disappointed that Seymour has not shown up for camp. I honestly thought he was smarter than this. He must realize that he is trying to play a game that he can't win with The Patriots. Seymour is sitting out camp in an attempt to force the Pats to re-work his contract. The problem is, he has zero leverage. ZERO.

He's under contract for 2 more years. The Pats don't have to do shit with his contract if they don't want to. Obviously, they don't want Seymour to be unhappy. The Pats want him to be part of the team and they want him to stick around when his Free Agency comes up. At the same time, they are not going to break the bank on him. They're just not going to do it. The Pats didn't break the bank for Ty Law or Tom Brady. Does Seymour think this is somehow going to change for him? It has been suggested in the press that The Pats have already tried to rework Seymour's contract but the price is not meeting Seymour's desired amount. Sounds logical but still it's just some writer's guess. There's no official news from The Pats.

If Seymour does not show up for camp, he only continues to hurt himself as other players get his reps and he faces mounting fines. If Seymour winds up sitting out games, he can only go so long into the season before he forfeits this year and winds up in the same spot next year, no closer to free-agency than he is now. It's just dumb.

The fact is, Seymour is underpaid compared to his peers. Nobody is arguing that and I can understand Seymour's frustration. I've had to live with being underpaid. I've worked with guys who made twice as much as me to do the same job. Did it piss me off? Of course! At the same time, if Seymour wants to use the stance of, "I need to set myself up for the future, I can't take a risk of getting hurt," etc, to me that's fucking bullshit. When athletes use this argument it really gets on my nerves. Isn't he already set up for the future? It's not like he's making league minimum, (a measly 6 figure salary). He came into the league in 2001 and has already made more money than I'll see in my lifetime, so please, spare me the b.s. that he needs that big contract to be 'set' for the future.

I like Seymour. He seems like a good guy and I think he's a great player but at the same time, I don't appreciate his trying to hold my team over a barrel. My good will towards Seymour is starting to wear thin. I'll have no sympathy for him if Jarvis Green comes in and takes his spot. How will his free agency plans work out if he's not on the field next year?

If Seymour has not figured it out by now, nobody on The Patriots is irriplaceable. The Pats are holding all the cards in this game, so hopefully Richard will wake up and get to training camp soon.

It's got to be tough being a millionaire and playing a kids game for a living.

Meanwhile, after TJ's retirement, The Pats are thin at linebacker and now are getting even thinner with Monty Beisel having to sit out today's practice with some 'tightness'.

All the kick returners the Pats brought into camp, all of whom happen to have a history of injury problems, are injured. Oy.

"In Belichick We Trust"


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