Thomas Dimitroff was interviewed earlier today on 790 The Zone on the subject of bringing in Richard Seymour to help bolster the defensive line. Dimitroff isn't biting. After months of speculation from fans and discussions between the two parties regarding Seymour coming to Atlanta, nothing ever materialized between the all-pro veteran and Atlanta's General Manager.
Talks regarding Seymour have quieted until Dimitroff even went on to tell former Falcons TE Alge Crumpler, who now works at 790, that they have around $6-7 million dollars in salary cap money to spend after the Matt Ryan deal.
So why isn't Dimitroff using this money to bring in a veteran linebacker, defensive end, or a DT like Seymour?
Dimitroff told Crumpler:
There is some room, but we also have to keep in consideration that if injuries come about that we have some money to make sure that we help ourselves if something does come about…
…I know there is a lot of talk about Richard and Richard is a fine man. There is no more discussion here at this point about having him in here.
To have that much money left over and save it all in case of injuries doesn't seem like the best play when there are glaring holes that the Falcons have at various positions on their team. What Dimitroff is doing is smart in many respects, but it also must make Falcons fans wonder why he doesn't try to use that money to improve the team now before the preseason games get under way.
It also says that Seymour wanted more than $6-7 million dollars a season, otherwise Dimitroff and Seymour probably would have struck a deal by now.
It appears that any chance that Seymour would come to Atlanta is more than likely gone after Dimitroff's comments regarding the salary cap and Seymour himself.
Is it smart for Dimitroff to be saving all of that money for injuries. Or should he look to plug holes now?
Let us know your thoughts.
Tags: Alge Crumpler, Atlanta, Atlanta Falcons, Football, NFL, Richard Seymour, Thomas Dimitroff