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Report: Abraham has rebuffed Falcons

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Multiple teams remain interested in former Falcons defensive end John Abraham.  Including, reportedly, the Falcons.

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, the Falcons have remained in contact with Abraham since cutting him before the start of the 2013 league year in March.  Abraham, however, has told the Falcons he won’t be returning.

It’s not a surprise.  Last year, Abraham signed a three-year deal with the Falcons, and the Falcons tore it up after only one season.  Even if the Falcons are offering more than any other team, it’s less than what he was due to make before he was cut — and that could make it difficult for Abraham as a matter of principle to return.

Abraham reportedly could sign with the Titans soon.  Coincidentally, the Titans were one of the other suitors for Abraham when he opted last year to stay with the Falcons.

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20 Responses to “Report: Abraham has rebuffed Falcons”
  1. 13arod says: May 6, 2013 9:57 PM

    come back please we need u

  2. alecanthony says: May 6, 2013 9:57 PM

    He should definitely go back to the Falcons, if you’re an aging Veteran why would you want to go to a rebuilding team like Titans instead of a Super-Bowl caliber team like the Falcons? Makes no sense to me

  3. saintsfan26 says: May 6, 2013 10:02 PM

    Smart move for Abraham. If he ever wants to win a Superbowl, his best bet is to sign with someone other than Atlanta.

  4. mrlaloosh says: May 6, 2013 10:12 PM

    Wrong fingers, John.

  5. melkipershero says: May 6, 2013 10:12 PM

    That would be a stupid reason not to resign if theyre offering more money. If he held out the team would work with him.

  6. daddyb1gdrawz says: May 6, 2013 10:17 PM

    I understand Abraham’s logic. People always say “its never personal” but it is hard for it not to be. Especially, if they inked him to a 3 year deal a year ago.

  7. mosestheblack says: May 6, 2013 10:20 PM

    The business side is awful, but no need to go to an irrelevant team and start over. Stick with a contender and see if you can get that ring playing. ATL loves them some 55.

  8. manningwho says: May 6, 2013 10:21 PM

    Well this just proves how stupid the front office of the Falcons are. You cut a guy and them say we’ll resign you if no one else will? SMH Crap like that gets known by all players, and ultimately tarnishes any reputation of perceived loyalty to their players. I hope he signs with the Titans and shows up his old team.

  9. lightcleric says: May 6, 2013 10:26 PM

    I’d be pretty insulted if they asked me back. You generate more sacks than anyone else on the team, are pretty much the only thing resembling a pass rush and then you get cut? And then you get asked back for even less money?

  10. tarmacjerry says: May 6, 2013 10:36 PM

    I’m actually pretty pissed to hear this. If the Falcons are Super Bowl bound JA55 deserves a spot. He’s a Falcon for life.

  11. sdb0ltz says: May 6, 2013 10:59 PM

    Hah, I thought he was flipping them off in that picture.

  12. listerineman says: May 6, 2013 11:42 PM

    why would you sign with the team that cut you couple month ago, when there is another team that likes you as a player.

  13. sportsnut101 says: May 6, 2013 11:58 PM

    He knows atl did the dirty bird on him

  14. jmag420 says: May 7, 2013 1:10 AM

    Really wish he would sign with the Patriots…would be a perfect fit, we need the extra pass rusher.

  15. goawayeverybody says: May 7, 2013 1:35 AM

    I’m gonna laugh so hard when the Falcons’ lack of a good pass rusher ends their season.

  16. billneftleberg says: May 7, 2013 3:27 AM

    why would anyone resign with a team After they cut you, 1 year in, when you took a discount to remain when you were a free agent the year before?

    The Falcons already showed Abraham how little their word means and how little respect they have for him…. He should tell them he wont sign unless they pay him what they originally agreed to, or he will sign with a division rival and show them why he should be respected

    the Falcons are showing themselves to be a low class organization that should not be trusted. that they even ask him back for less money is an insult…. no doubt they asked him to restructure before releasing him…and he refused on principle, why should he even consider them after they showed him how little respect they had for his loyalty

  17. duncanthecat says: May 7, 2013 6:29 AM

    In a game of chicken it sure looks like the Falcons lost.

    Tried to have their cake and eat it too…

  18. mcwest1 says: May 7, 2013 7:32 AM

    I’m neither pro- or anti-union. Just making an observation.

    Paying those huge rookie contracts, which included an absurd amount of guaranteed money, to a guy who never played a down of professional football was ridiculous to me. And it made sense to me that if you paid the rookies less there would be more money available to pay the proven players. I admit I was wrong.

    Upshaw contended that the money paid o the top ten rookies set the floor for the veterans seeking new contracts.

    You are seeing, this season, the validity of Gene Upshaw’s argument of the adverse effects of a rookie wage scale on NFL veterans’ wages.

    High-priced veterans performing at a high level were forced to take a pay cut or be cut. Above average talented FA veterans remain on the market even after the draft. FA vets had to agree to a lot less money or risk being out of the NFL.

    Here’s a subject for the final segment of PFT on NBC. How has the rookie wage scale effected veterans’ contracts. DeMaurice Smith may not like the answer.

  19. shaunypoo says: May 7, 2013 8:43 AM

    Sorry, but money trumps loyalty when it comes to these players. He signed a 3 year deal last year at age 24. He played well and earned his money, but his cap hit went up this year. I have no problem with a team cutting a player at any point in their contract, that is why you get the guaranteed money up front, of which Abraham got $2.25 mil.

    Remember, he was looking for $12 mil/year after his last contract and the market was dry and the Falcons signed him. If they are offering him more money that anyone else, and it is probably the best team he is getting an offer from, it seems like a no brainer to me.

    But if you are so stupid as to let spite dictate what you do, then your decision making skills leave something to be desired.

  20. seenoland54 says: May 10, 2013 10:34 AM

    Abraham, and all players getting up there in years, knows the dance. As good as their talents have been, even they know they will decline and any “long term” contract is neither “long term” nor realistic and is filled with loop holes they accept and play another year for a very nice paycheck. What would not make sense is for Abraham to turn down the Falcons for a lesser team (and lesser paycheck) when he has a shot at added pay for playoffs as well as endorsement work that would most likely not appear on a “rebuilding” team.

    Keep your business head on John, sign with the birds and a crowd that loves you and, to paraphrase Harry Chapin, “stash the bill in your shirt”

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