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All-Unemployed Team update: One big-time pass rusher left

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One name on PFT’s All-Unemployed Team sticks out like a sore thumb:

John Abraham.

With Dwight Freeney joining San Diego on Saturday, Abraham is the best pass rusher left on the market. His primary skill is a valuable one, and I would suspect someone is going to ante up to get him in the fold. The 35-year-old Abraham wants to be a full-time starter, which is the big hang-up keeping a player who had 10 sacks in 2012 from landing a new gig.

However, Abraham’s leverage is not hurt with organized team practice activities (OTAs) getting into full swing around the league. Perhaps a team doesn’t like what it is seeing from its defensive ends in workouts, or perhaps an injury occurs. Melvin Ingram’s torn ACL early in OTAs suddenly put the Chargers in real need of pass-rush help.

Enter Freeney, and exit one of the best players left in free agency.

Now we wait to see what happens with Abraham. Similarly, it will be interesting to see where another solid veteran defensive end, Israel Idonije, lands. Idonije, who recorded 7.5 sacks for the Bears in 2012, is a recent addition to the All-Unemployed Team. Another new member is Bradie James, who notched 77 tackles for Houston last season. He replaces Karlos Dansby, who signed with Arizona.

Finally, the special teams portion of the All-Unemployed lineup has a new look with punter Chris Kluwe and returner Josh Cribbs moving on to Oakland. Mat McBriar, last of Philadelphia, takes over for Kluwe, while Stefan Logan replaces Cribbs. Logan most recently played for Detroit.

We will continue to update the team as needed. And with so much activity this week, another departure or two wouldn’t be surprising.

Then again, we’re almost two-thirds through spring and John Abraham is still unsigned. And we didn’t see that coming.

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7 Responses to “All-Unemployed Team update: One big-time pass rusher left”
  1. jhein23 says: May 19, 2013 3:02 PM

    The Atlanta Falcons should bring back Abraham – their offense is Super Bowl caliber but still not sure about their defense, another quality pass rusher like John certainly wouldn’t hurt.

  2. jeremywflores says: May 19, 2013 3:05 PM

    Can’t believe Idonije is still a f/a. Playoff-caliber and/or contending teams with 43 defenses like the Broncos, Seahawks, Cowboys (lol), Lions (lol), Dolphins (desperate Ireland), etc could use him.

  3. johnelwayishorsefaced says: May 19, 2013 3:17 PM

    I can’t believe that the Browns would actually sign Stefan Logan. He literally had the worst season I’ve ever seen any returner have last year.

  4. steelcityfinest13 says: May 19, 2013 3:43 PM

    The longer teams wait….the cheaper he’ll get….some1 will get em…he has a lil gas left in the tank!!

  5. bunjy96 says: May 19, 2013 4:56 PM

    Put tape on his mouth and some team may sign him.

  6. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 19, 2013 5:00 PM

    Eric Winston is still out there and I thought Jerry Jones may sign him but with Doug Free agreeing to reduced pay, guess that’s not happening.

    I thought signing Abraham may be a good move for Dallas too but instead they signed DE Anthony Hargrove.

  7. potts316 says: May 19, 2013 7:06 PM

    In week 16 Stefan Logan fielded a free kick after a safety and took a knee at the 4 yard line. And his season was terrible before that happened.

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