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John Abraham makes a moon shot

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Defensive end John Abraham has played 12 seasons in the NFL.  He has 112 career sacks.  And now he wants to make $12 million per year.

Actually, Abraham wants more than $12 million per year.  He disclosed his expectations during a Thursday appearance with Ryan and Doug Stewart on 790 The Zone in Atlanta.

“Check out the five top ends,” Abraham said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  “Everybody is getting 12-plus.  I made $8 million last year.  Everybody is saying, ‘Oh, he’s so greedy.’  How am I greedy when I’m just trying to get paid the same thing they are getting paid?  There are guys out there getting more money than me, but my production is the same as theirs or at least close.”

The problem is that Abraham turns 34 on May 6.  Other defensive ends who have broken the bank did so at a much younger age.

Moreover, Abraham’s production in 2011 didn’t put him among the “top” defensive ends. He had 9.5 sacks, and the Falcons had him on a pitch count in order to keep him healthy.

Per Ledbetter, Abraham’s agent will meet at some point with the Falcons over the weekend in Indianapolis for a “do-or-die” negotiation.  Unless Abraham is merely puffing about his demands, our money is on the Falcons telling Abraham’s agent to eat horseradish and die.

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11 Responses to “John Abraham makes a moon shot”
  1. lolb23 says: Feb 25, 2012 9:52 AM

    Snyder will sign him

  2. clayton43 says: Feb 25, 2012 9:55 AM

    lol no way paying him 12 million a year… Good Luck with that on your way out the door. I owuldnt pay him more than 5 !

  3. CKL says: Feb 25, 2012 10:06 AM

    Ever since the guy shut it down as a NYJ when they were in the playoffs so he could preserve himself for FA, I’ve known exactly what he is.

  4. bobbyyyd says: Feb 25, 2012 10:14 AM

    When he was healthy he was a beast. Key word in that sentence is “when”. This guy gets hurt quicker than jay cutler and very rarely plays a full season. I would say that he is being a bit ridiculous trying to get paid like a Julius Peppers, when he is obviously not that caliber of player anymore.

  5. crashdog says: Feb 25, 2012 10:14 AM

    Top 5 money for a guy who has only ranked in the top 5 in sacks twice in a 12 year career and has only made one pro bowl in the last 7 seasons? C’mon John

  6. EJ says: Feb 25, 2012 10:15 AM

    34 yr old vet-9-11sacks/yr Big time money

    24 yr old rookie-6-7sacks/yr-small time money

    What do you think the outcome will be?

    Abraham should be happy with what he makes, he does seem a little greedy.

  7. lilrob10201 says: Feb 25, 2012 10:17 AM

    I love John Abraham but no team is willing to pay that much for a old DE.

  8. redrew says: Feb 25, 2012 10:25 AM

    How is one sack every two games great production? Is he in the face of QBs all game long?????? Not so much. $4 mill/1 year contract comin up

  9. reed20ravens says: Feb 25, 2012 10:35 AM

    yeah 12 million wouldve helped his team score more than 2 points against the giants

  10. hooks024 says: Feb 25, 2012 10:40 AM

    Osi umenyiora willing to take less than his 3 and change million in his contract, but the best are making more than him? 11 sacks in 13 games, and willing to take a pay cut. No one on the giants line making 12 million per year. Name someone better than osi, tuck, or jpp? Some in the same class, but none better.

  11. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 25, 2012 10:57 AM

    You know the old saying….

    Once a Jet, always delusional.

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