NEW YORK -- Jets defensive end John Abraham will visit four
teams next week, hoping to work out a deal for a trade, his agent
Rich Rosa knocked down speculation that Abraham is close to a
deal with Denver, not specifying what teams were interested in the
three-time Pro Bowl selection.
For now, it is up to Abraham to decide where he wants to go,
work out a deal with the new club, then go back to the Jets so they
can put together the parameters for a trade.
How long that takes depends on the situation.
Abraham, who was designated the team's franchise player, has
made it clear he wants out of New York. The Jets have also made it
obvious that Abraham has no future with them, placing the tag on
him for the second straight year.
Along with Denver, Seattle, Atlanta and Washington are believed
to be considering acquiring Abraham.
The 27-year-old Abraham is unhappy the Jets have failed to
deliver a long-term deal, even though they all but assured him they
would if he played in every game in 2005. He did, but was given a
one-year, $8.33 million franchise tender.
What happens with Abraham is one of the biggest questions facing
the Jets heading into the start of free agency Saturday. The other
is at quarterback. Though the Jets and Chad Pennington agreed to a
restructured deal for salary-cap reasons, he is coming off his
second shoulder operation.
The Jets need another quarterback, and have already started the
process of finding one, meeting with Redskins backup Patrick Ramsey
earlier in the week. The Redskins have given Ramsey permission to
seek a trade. His agent, Jimmy Sexton, didn't return repeated phone
calls seeking comment.
Another option is drafting a quarterback with the No. 4 pick.
The Jets also need help on the offensive line and in the secondary,
but aren't expected to make any moves for big-name players.