On Saturday, free agent defensive end John Abraham sent out a pair of tweets that led some people to believe he’d given up his quest for a new team in favor of ending his football career.
One read “retiring 13” and the other read “done,” so it wasn’t exactly a wild leap to think that Abraham — who turns 35 on Monday — was calling it quits after 13 years in the NFL. Abraham clearly hasn’t landed an offer that makes him sign on the dotted line and he wouldn’t be the first player to retire rather than continue to wait for a call that just won’t come.
It seems like it was much ado about nothing, however. Abraham has deleted the tweets from his Twitter account and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com spoke to a source close to Abraham who said there was “nothing” to notions of retirement. The source allowed that Abraham may be “expressing the frustration” of not landing a job despite varying levels of interest from the Broncos, Seahawks, Patriots and Titans since his release by the Falcons.
Abraham was still a productive player in Atlanta last season and these teams have to see the value of having someone like that in their lineup. It seems that bridging the gap between how much they value it and how much Abraham values himself remains the key to getting Abraham situated for the 2013 season.