One man's trash is another man's treasure.
The Atlanta Falcons released three big name players in order to clear space under the salary cap. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Dunta Robinson, John Abraham and Michael Turner were all released by the Falcons Friday.
Out of the three guys cut, Abraham was probably the most shocking dump. The Falcons are in need of pass rushers and Abraham led the team in sacks last season. But, the move saves the Falcons $5.75 million.
The New York Jets selected Abraham in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played six seasons with gang green, and a return would be intriguing for the Jets.
Since Rex Ryan took over as head coach of the Jets, they have had one of the best defenses in the league. However, one glaring issue was their inability to get consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Abraham would give the Jets that pressure off the edge. In his 13 year career, Abraham has seven seasons with double-digit sacks, including 10 sacks last year.
The Jets have two young defensive lineman, Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, with a ton of potential. Wilkerson was the brightest spot of a disastrous season last year. Coples led the Jets with 5.5 sacks, and Wilkerson was second with five.
Having those two play alongside Abraham would be very beneficial. Abraham could help mentor Wilkerson and Coples. Also, Abraham wouldn't have to be an every down player, which would help keep him fresh and make him more effective.
One issue is how much Abraham is going to cost. He signed a three year, $17.72 million with the Falcons before last season. At 34 years old, Abraham would still demand some decent money. With the Jets cap issues, they might not have enough room to bring in the veteran.
Another issue would be whether or not Abraham would even want to come back to the Jets. He would be going from a Falcons team that was one win away from the Super Bowl to a Jets team that is a complete mess.
So Abraham would be a perfect fit for the Jets, but the Jets might not be a perfect fit for Abraham.