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John Abraham stays in Atlanta on three-year agreement

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons have reached a three-year agreement with defensive end John Abraham.

During a short stay on the free agent market, Abraham received interest from the Titans and Broncos.

Abraham has 54.5 sacks over the past five seasons and remains one of the game’s top pass rushers despite his age (34 in May) and declining role. Abraham rarely plays on running downs anymore.

While keeping Abraham is a plus for Atlanta, the Falcons’ defensive end depth chart is shaping up similar to last year’s. Kroy Biermann will also return, and starting left end Ray Edwards is coming back after flopping as a 2011 free agent signing.

The Falcons must keep adding talent to the position.

Abraham was the No. 14 overall player on the PFT Hot 100.

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7 Responses to “John Abraham stays in Atlanta on three-year agreement”
  1. kane337 says: Mar 16, 2012 3:04 PM

    YES!!!!

    Welcome back Abe!!!!!

  2. beckzhere says: Mar 16, 2012 3:15 PM

    How can we improve our pass rush if we keep all the same guys on the D-line? Babineaux is the only person on our D-line that should be a keeper (he’s a beast and highly underrated). Oh well, stat quo here in ATL. Yeah.

  3. rickastleydancemoves says: Mar 16, 2012 3:22 PM

    I was never sold on Ray Edwards.

  4. skippynj says: Mar 16, 2012 3:23 PM

    Awesome signing! They no doubt overpaid for an old, slow, overhyped pass rusher who never gets to my QB. Well done, filthybirds!

  5. jacobslatter says: Mar 16, 2012 3:48 PM

    Sure hope the new Mike Nolan scheme generates more pass rush gusto, the Brian Van Gorder cover-2 zone scheme bend and don’t break style bent way too far and broke way too much.

  6. ruffridin says: Mar 16, 2012 3:57 PM

    So Blank talks Super Bowls but Hoe have the Falcons improved this offseason? Blank also gives Smith a pat on the back and says he’s not on the hot seat? I get not saying “he is on the hot seat” but how about some sense of urgency?

  7. falconsfan says: Mar 16, 2012 4:13 PM

    At the right price, Abe will be great for the Falcons on a pitch count and a rotation between Nolan’s 3-4 and 4-3 looks. I think we see more of Sidbury and Beer-Man with Abe coming in for passing downs.

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