D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution updates the John Abraham situation with the Atlanta Falcons by reporting that Abraham is looking for a deal that averages “$12 million-plus” per season.
“Check out the five top ends,” Abraham said. “Everybody is getting 12-plus. I made $8 million last year … how am I greedy when I’m just trying to get paid the same thing they are getting paid?”
Abraham’s point is well taken but he’s forgetting that a lot of those guys signed these deals when they were in their prime, not when they were 34 years old. The last few years, Abraham has shown that he’s still a very capable player when healthy but his leverage is very limited, even on the open market.
The Falcons are almost certainly going to pass on him at that price and it will be hard for him to even come close to his previous salary of $8 million.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that one of John Abraham‘s representatives referred to the meeting upcoming meetings with the Falcons as a “do or die” situation for his future with the team.
Ledbetter mentions that they’ve yet to discuss any specifics regarding an extension and the talks that they have had have “not gone well.”
Abraham has been the team’s best pass rusher since arriving from New York years ago but the team has to be concerned about his future contributions considering that he’s currently 34 years-old. Abraham has said that he would like to play another three years but it will be interesting to see what kind of offers he gets if he ends up hitting the open market.