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While there were obvious reasons to release Dunta Robinson and Michael Turner, there's a reasonable argument to be made that the Falcons should have found a way to keep John Abraham.
Yes, 2013 was going to bring Abraham's highest cap hit (via Spotrac.com) from the three-year deal he signed in 2012, but Abraham was still the team's most consistent pass-rusher last season.
Jonathan Massaquoi and Cliff Matthews are solid prospects, but Atlanta will be placing a tremendous amount of faith in them if the team doesn't add a defensive end in free agency or draft one or two in April.
Brent Grimes is still on the market as well. It could be argued that the Falcons' inability to re-sign him is a bigger mistake than cutting Abraham was.
However, I'm inclined to believe that Grimes may be seeking more money than the Falcons are willing to invest in a corner whose calling card was his leaping ability when that same corner is coming off of an Achilles' heel injury.
Also, Brent Grimes had been waiting all year to test the market after getting franchised, while John Abraham was already under contract for 2013 and 2014.
This slide could change if the team is able to land Osi Umenyiora as a veteran insurance for its young group of pass-rushers, but presently the decision to release John Abraham is among the worst moves the team has made this offseason because of the uncertainty it has created at defensive end.