Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins haven’t ruled out the possibility of signing free agent DE John Abraham, but they also have yet to pursue him following their “initial conversations.”
Abraham’s market has been very slow to say the least this offseason. The Broncos, Saints, Patriots and 49ers have all been mentioned at one time or another as being potential landing spots for him. Atlanta could also revisit the idea of him returning for another season at some point as well.
We have Abraham listed as the No. 6 player in our recently updated Best Available Free Agents list.
Abraham makes more sense for the Saints than fellow free agent Dwight Freeney given that they’re switching to a 3-4 defensive front next season. James Harrison‘s name has come up as a speculative option as well, but it’s doubtful that he would be signed over Abraham, assuming of course that Abraham’s asking price is reasonable.
The market for veteran pass-rushers may not pickup until after the draft.
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff mentioned during an appearance on the NFL Network that they haven’t ruled out re-signing DE John Abraham.
“We never say never… there is a lot on the horizon,” said Dimitroff, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We have some decisions to make across the organization, but we never say never as far as acquiring or bringing people back.”
Since being release, Abraham has visited with the Seahawks, Patriots and Broncos this offseason, but overall interest in him appears to have cooled in recent weeks. Seattle has signed Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, so they can be ruled out, and recent reports have indicated the Broncos no longer have serious interest.
The Falcons could use another pass-rushing option to play opposite of Osi Umenyiora and Abraham was able to tally 10 sacks last season. The problem with this idea is the fact that Atlanta had $2.4 million in cap space, as of last this Wednesday, to work with.