NFC South: 2012 Free Agency

Abraham unlikely to stay with Falcons

February, 22, 2012
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It appears veteran defensive end John Abraham will not be returning to the Atlanta Falcons.

Steve Wyche reports Abraham’s agent said he has been given indications by the team that Abraham will be allowed to test free agency. If an agent says that it probably means he’s been told there’s no chance of his client re-signing. The Falcons are usually pretty straight shooters when it comes to these matters, so it’s likely Abraham’s been told he won’t be back.

That’s not a real big surprise. Abraham was Atlanta’s top pass-rusher with 9.5 sacks last season. But Abraham is 33 and played only on a part-time basis last season while dealing with lingering injuries.

The Falcons have Ray Edwards, a high-priced free agent from last year. Edwards played the run well, but didn’t have a big impact on the pass rush. The Falcons also have Lawrence Sidbury. The indication that Abraham won’t return probably means the Falcons will try to re-sign Kroy Biermann, who can become a free agent.

But it’s not likely the Falcons will be content with Edwards, Sidbury and Biermann. They probably will add a pass-rusher in the draft or free agency.

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