Arguably the most talented free agent still on the market has finally found himself a contract as training camps begin to open up around the National Football League. Defensive end John Abraham has signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals according to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter.
The contract is a two year deal, with the exact monetary value not yet being known.
An intriguing addition to a Cardinals front seven, the 35 year old Abraham will have to adjust to a new position this year. For years he excelled as an edge rusher in the Falcon’s 4-3 system, but the Cardinals run a 3-4. In order to continue to be a dominant edge rusher, he will now have to move to outside linebacker instead of defensive end.
Despite being 35 years old and past the typical NFL expiration date, Abraham showed last year that he still has some gas in the tank. Despite efforts to limit his snap count last year, he still managed to lead the Falcons with ten sacks. He will be coming off an apparent ankle injury in the playoffs that limited his effectiveness.
Over his career, he has tallied 122 sacks. 68.5 of those came as a Falcon after being acquired in a trade from the New York Jets in 2006.
Surely a better pass rusher than Sam Acho and Lorenzo Alexander, the Cardinals have an immediate pass rushing upgrade by signing John Abraham. Although he is probably not a long term answer, the Cardinals have quietly assembled a talented defensive roster that potentially could confuse the plethora of young quarterbacks in its division this year.
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