Some of the Q&A from Richard Seymourís conference call with the media on Thursday:
Did you ever think youíd be signing somewhere else?
ďI didnít want to, but unfortunately thatís the reality of the business. Itís a part as a player and also I guess as management that no one likes to go through. But itís something that has to be done. You have to do your due diligence. Itís part of the process and I understood that and I just looked at it from a business standpoint. But I was always thankful just to have the opportunity to play in the National Football League and I was thankful to the Kraft family and also the Patriots organization for giving me that opportunity. Just to have another opportunity to be able to do that is a blessing. Iím honored to be back in a Patriot uniform. I always said all along, this is the place I wanted to be. If the good Lord says the same, I want to retire a Patriot, and I think we took another step this week in trying to make that come true.Ē
You previously said you never imagined first coming to New England. What is it about this place that makes you want to possibly retire here?
ďI think aside from the money and the Super Bowls, I have the opportunity to be with good people. Thatís something Iíve maintained, as far as teammates, coaches. One of my main things, at the end of the day, I want to be happy. You can have all the money in the world but if youíre not happy truly then it doesnít make a difference. I was comfortable at the end of the day. My kids always talk about the Patriots and every time they see football on TV itís ĎPatriots, Patriots, Patriots.í Iím just happy for the stability and not wondering whatís going to happen. Just from a business standpoint being able to nail down a deal.Ē
Is a big part of you wanting to stay that this is a place that gives you the best chance to win a Super Bowl?
"I've never had the opportunity to see how other teams run, function, but I just know being part of the New England Patriots, it's a first-class organization. Also, I always talk to other guys who come in from other teams and they say 'Man, it's great over here.' I just think from that standpoint and also at the end of the day, getting a deal that was pleasing to both sides to aid this process with some give and take on both ends, to massage this thing down to really close the deal, I think was important. Both sides made a great effort. I'm happy that the process is over and I can just kind of move forward as far as football is concerned."
Itís been reported that itís a four-year deal that would average between $7-8 million per year. Is that accurate?
ďHey, thatís the report. I think thatís pretty accurate.Ē
On losing Adam Vinatieri:
"... At the end of the day, of course we'd love to have number four back in a Patriots uniform. Now we'll be beating up on [number] four."
On that his pride could have previously been a factor in contract negotiations:
"I don't think I look at it that way, as far as letting my pride get in the way of the things I have to do. Anybody who knows me, that's definitely the furthest thing away from the truth. I think I've always maintained the standpoint that I just want to be paid fairly. I think at the end of the day, that's what both sides came across to agree upon."
What was your level of frustration when others from your draft class were getting second contracts and you were still on the first contract?
"I believe, at the end of the day, everything happens for a reason. Maybe it was to grow my patience in a lot of different areas and just mature me as a man. I just look at it from that standpoint. I always thought good things come to those who wait anyway. I'm just glad this process is behind me."
Do you like Bill Belichick?
ďWhy wouldn't I? I donít care who it is or whatís going on, I think, just to be real honest, I donít care if weíre brothers, sometimes you fight but at the end of the day you still love each other. I donít love Coach Belichick like I love my kids and my wife, but at the same time I think thereís definitely a level of respect I have for him, when you look at his track record, heís the winningest coach in the last four years. That speaks for itself. Myself, Iím like a sponge and I know he has a lot of knowledge and wisdom on a lot of issues as far as football is concerned that can help me out. Heís coached a lot of great players. Heís always pushed me to go to higher levels and thatís something that I definitely respect and would like to grow with as well.Ē