Abraham as a pass rush option

Posted by Darren Urban on July 24, 2013 – 10:15 am

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.


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18 Responses to “Abraham as a pass rush option”

  1. By AzDesertRat1953 on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

    Well if he has a year or two left as the pass rusher he has been, hopefully he will be a good teacher to our new guys and anyone else that needs help.

    I agree, this could be a very good move indeed!

    The Cards, with a Real Pass Rusher. I want to watch this!

    GO CARDS!!!

  2. By lg on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

    I’m not going to get my hopes up.

  3. By Travis on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply


  4. By Patrick Hoog on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

    Nice patience by Cards, Keim. Watching to see…

  5. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

    Just wanted to ask, is anyone else “Ready for some football?”!! lol, long summer huh…wish Faith Hill were coming back, double dang on that one…

  6. By Andy Kw on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

    John Abraham would be a nice addition to the team. First, the Arizona Cardinals should sign OG Jonathon Cooper and then we will see who the Cardinals should sign.
    -John Abraham would be one of the best signings in Free Agency this year.
    If we were deciding on who to sign as the final free agents for this team, they would be DE John Abraham and FS Kerry Rhodes.
    -John Abraham is coming off a 10 sack and 6 force fumble season on a total of 35 tackles. He has a total of 496tckles, 122scks, 1int, and 42ff in his career. His age of 35 is no big deal since he can still produce some huge numbers and is effective on the Defensive Line. He is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL today and is one of the best in NFL History.
    -Kerry Rhodes, as we all know, is still out there in Free Agency and is still playing beyond expectations. Hopefully he comes back here to Arizona because this team is thin of Safeties.
    -For Eric Winston, We already have Bobby Massie and Nate Potter. He was not that effective in Kansas City and we are good at tackles. Richard Seymour is past his prime and I don’t think we need him. If we sign Abraham, it already guarantees that our Defensive Line unit is one of the best in ages and is one of the best in the NFL today. Seymour was good but I think his good days are behind him.

  7. By Hammy on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

    Abraham is a definite upgrade. I think he can contribute well for us. Im gonna go off the limb and say that Schofield gets cut during camp this year. So Abraham should get plenty of playing time if he chooses to sign.

  8. By Louisville Card on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    This would be a great move, if they can pull it off on a one year contract. He’s really the only piece the cards are really missing. Still wish they would’ve pulled the trigger on Feeney when they had the chance, but Abraham will do…

    Very smart of you as we’ll Darren, to leave the door open when I asked a few months ago if they would consider this move around camp…

  9. By ored on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    i think abraham would be a good fit and would be used properly unlike porter,he was overused,these guys are in their 30’s not 20’s.also don’t think rhodes would fit,not because he’s not a good player still but some things happened during his time here and i don’t think he would be good in the locker room.

  10. By Eazy E on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    This will be interesting. The cards are known to be interested in players with ”big names” and haven’t pulled them off so I’ll wait and see because like the dude or gal said above me, I ain’t getting my hopes up. He would be a great addition if he can stand up which I think he can based off his athleticism, speed and quickness. He also along with the 10 sacks tacked on a tied for the league lead with Von Miller 6 FFs.

  11. By Eazy E on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Hell, sign all 4!!!!

  12. By William Barry on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Abraham would be a great addition for a year contract–sign him!!!!, but lets get Cooper signed first and foremost.

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