The Cardinals have two open roster spots after roster moves Tuesday. Today, Mike Jurecki is reporting the Cardinals are bringing in veteran pass rusher John Abraham for a visit. In a lot of ways, it makes sense. Abraham, despite being 35 and seemingly always being threatened by injuries, has 32.5 sacks the past three seasons while playing all but two games for Atlanta at defensive end. Here, he would be an outside linebacker, and probably not in an every-down role.
I’m sure the Cards will be careful in looking into Abraham. Steve Keim was here when the Cards signed Joey Porter in 2010 after Porter had a good run in Miami; Porter had pretty much nothing left by the time he arrived in Arizona. But the Cards don’t have an edge rusher with a track record of getting to the quarterback consistently. Certainly no one like Abraham, who had 10 sacks last season.
Part of the equation, of course, is what Abraham would want in a contract. There is a reason he is still on the market, like many veterans who figured to be playing right now. Are Abraham, or Richard Seymour, or Kerry Rhodes, or Eric Winston, willing to take less or a short-term deal right now? Do they wait to see if a team gets desperate in training camp after an injury? The Cards have $10.6 million in cap space with rookie Jonathan Cooper still to be signed. I can’t see Keim doing an expensive deal in this case. But if Abraham likes the fit, and the Cards like what he could bring to the table at what I would guess was a reasonable price, this move would be a good one.
Tags: free agency, John Abraham, Steve Keim
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