NFL Free Agency: Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans Reportedly Pursuing DE Abraham

Scotty McGrawCorrespondent IIIMarch 15, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01:  John Abraham #55 and Jonathan Babineaux #95 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrate after Abraham's sack and fumble recovery against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during play at the Georgia Dome on January 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The top two favorite teams to land free agent quarterback Peyton Manning—the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos—are now interested in DE John Abraham

Abraham is a fantastic defensive lineman that recorded 35 tackles and 9.5 sacks in 2011. Additionally, the veteran had four forced fumbles last season. 

If the Titans sign Abraham, he will fill the right defensive end position. Jason Jones, who played that position for the Titans in 2011, is currently a free agent.

He'll play opposite of LDE Derrick Morgan. Morgan, a 2010 first-round pick out of Georgia Tech, needs a veteran to learn from. Abraham would be a fantastic mentor for the former Yellow Jacket.

If Abraham signs with the Broncos, he will create a lethal trio of pass-rushers: himself, 2011 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year DE/OLB Von Miller and 2009 sack leader DE Elvis Dumervil. Defenses will have immense trouble trying to stop the three sack-masters.

The impact of Manning on Abraham, and for that matter, the NFL, is evident. The amount of cap space left after the acquisition of No. 18 could be a deal-breaker no matter which team he signs with.

The Titans just agreed to a deal with OG Steve Hutchinson, and the Broncos signed S Mike Adams and are pursuing CB Marcus Trufant. The Broncos have a lot of cap room, but they have other areas of need.

The acquisition of Abraham would be beneficial to both teams, but the decision will largely be based off what happens Manning.