Abraham represents an upgrade for the pass rush even though he's a short-term solution at age 35.
2012 John Abraham vs. O'Brien Schofield
Schofield was an injury risk coming out of Wisconsin in 2010. The Cardinals used a fourth-round selection for him while Schofield was rehabbing from a serious knee injury. Schofield fought his way back, collected 4.5 sacks in a situational role during his second season and won a starting job last summer. His 2012 season ended after nine games and four sacks when a chain reaction of events left him with a season-ending injury.
Schofield leaves the Cardinals with 10.5 sacks in 35 games. Abraham had 10 sacks with the Atlanta Falcons last season.
The Cardinals also announced a contract agreement with veteran offensive lineman Eric Winston, who becomes a leading candidate to start at right tackle. Also Thursday, the team placed receiver Ryan Swope on the reserve-retired list and signed linebacker Kenny Rowe.