Cardinals make a deal with John Abraham

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While many wondered if the Broncos were going to make a run at him to cover a possible pass-rush deficit, it was the Cardinals who made the first move on veteran pass-rusher John Abraham.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Abraham finalized the deal with the Cardinals today.

Abraham’s been playing in a 4-3 defense, but he’ll most likely be used as a pass-rusher only, which limits the transition.

He has 122.0 career sacks (more than any active player), and has been consistently  productive, with at least 9.5 sacks in five of his last six seasons.

24 responses to “Cardinals make a deal with John Abraham

  1. Great pick-up!! He still has plenty left in his tank! Surprised he was available so long! With Palmer @ the helm, the cards are not gonna be push overs anymore! I would love nothing more than to see both 9ers & Seahawks get pummeled by these guys!

  2. Losing Kerry Rhodes and the aging Adrian Wilson but adding Dansby, Abraham, Y. Bell, a bunch of former 1st and 2nd round CBs to compete for CB opposite P. Peterson, and then adding Minter and taking a gamble on the Honey Badger…all to a D that was top 10 in the NFL despite their historically bad Offense last year. Not too shabby.

    The biggest problem for the D is coordinator Ray Horton leaving town.

  3. Good luck to Abe, he was our only pass rush for years in the ATL…..should help the Cardinals IF they use him exclusively to rush the passer and IF he avoids injury, too pretty big IFs…..

  4. Unfortunately for the Cards fans your team is being rebuilt with aging vets. Yes they will be an improved team this year, but not improved enough to make the playoffs. So all they will have gained is a worse draft pick next year. These older vets may have a season or two left in their tanks, maybe even more. But they are not going to be the core of a playoff contender. They would be better suited on a team with a core of solid younger players that they can compliment. Personally I’d be very concerned if I were a Cards fan. Do I really want to see my team being built with mid round draft picks or would I prefer to suffer a couple bad seasons so I can have a shot at a franchise QB surrounded by a hungry young defense?

  5. Man I’m so pissed we didn’t sign Abraham. We need pass rushers, especially cause Victor Butler went down in OTA’s. We could’ve picked his brain a little bit about the Falcons “D” too. Anyway its a great signing for Arizona. Dude had 10 sacks last season and you guys signed Eric Winston too.

  6. Great depth signing. A lot of the posters on this board seem to think the Cardinals need to or plan on using Abraham on every down, which they obviously don’t. It’s a signing that gives the team some quality depth, that’s all.

    Also kind of funny because of the criticism about how Abraham is oft-injured — I’m sure the same posters praised the signing of Percy Harvin, who’s already injured. How many downs has he played in 2013?

    This is why you don’t draft Harvin in your fantasy draft, he won’t play half of your season.

  7. donnymacjack says: Jul 25, 2013 5:15 PM

    Unfortunately for the Cards fans your team is being rebuilt with aging vets. Yes they will be an improved team this year, but not improved enough to make the playoffs. So all they will have gained is a worse draft pick next year. These older vets may have a season or two left in their tanks, maybe even more. But they are not going to be the core of a playoff contender. They would be better suited on a team with a core of solid younger players that they can compliment. Personally I’d be very concerned if I were a Cards fan. Do I really want to see my team being built with mid round draft picks or would I prefer to suffer a couple bad seasons so I can have a shot at a franchise QB surrounded by a hungry young defense?
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    Take a look at the contracts of these “aging” vets and you will see they are all for one year. Not rebuilding with them, adding them to the roster for a year.

  8. They needed veteran help at some key areas (ILB, S, OL, Pass Rusher, QB) and found low cost, no risk solutions for all of those needs. They have CB’s coming out of their ears that can cover and tackle. I agree with the earlier statement, Horton is going to be the biggest loss.

    It will be interesting to see how much teams will underestimate these guys this season, as much as many of you are already too.

    In other news…Harvin is hurt and Kaepernick is showing maturity issues. Wow, I’m shocked.

  9. I’m a Bucs fan but I like what the Cards have done in the off season with the draft and free agency. Palmer with Fitz and the second year pro looks intersting.

  10. Nirvana504. I don’t know if leaving a 13-3 team can be constituted as leaving a loser.

    Good luck to Abe. Would have loved seeing him opposite Osi this year on 3rd downs.

  11. Hes to old. Nothing to be excited about. Cards got em cause nobody wanted him. You dont think this guy woulda rather played for a team that had a shot at getting him a ring? He settled. Cards suck. And peterson is disgustingly overrated. And palmer is not the answer. I feel bad for larry. Guy is never getting a ring with them. Waste of talent.

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