John Abraham Officially Signs 2-Year Deal with Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham to a two-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Cardinals signed John Abraham.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2013
Arizona gave John Abraham a two-year deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, at 7:10 pm. ET by Ian Hanford
The Cardinals announced Abraham's signing on their team website on Thursday:
The Cards brought in offensive tackle Eric Winston on a one-year contract and defensive end/linebacker John Abraham with a two-year contract. Reports have Winston getting the veteran minimum plus incentives if he wins a starting job, while Abraham’s deal is worth about $3 million a season.
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Abraham, a four-time Pro Bowler, posted 10 sacks last season as a 34-year-old. The ageless defensive end has registered a combined 32.5 sacks in his past three seasons.
The veteran Abraham stood out among edge defenders in the 2013 free-agent class, even though it took a little while for him to find a new home.
He had the second-best overall score in 2012 for this year's free-agent edge defenders, according to the Pro Football Focus rankings. He was ranked as the fourth-best edge defender in the class by Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus. Beyond his 10 sacks, he also managed 56 quarterback disruptions, according to Stockwell.
The two-time First Team All-Pro is not the same terror that he was in his prime, but he's still a piece any contender would love. He visited the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks in March, and the Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints were rumored to be interested (h/t Pro Football Talk).
Despite racking up 122 sacks in his career (tied for 13th in NFL history, per Pro-Football-Reference.com), Abraham did not win a Super Bowl in his time with the Falcons and New York Jets. The No. 13 overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft has had an illustrious career—all he needs is that ring.
A well-respected veteran, Abraham deserves a championship as much as anybody. That may be tough to get in Arizona right now, but here's to hoping he captures a title before his career is over. The fact that he's this productive at this age is astounding.
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