Cardinals sign John Abraham to two-year deal

Cardinals bolster pass rush by signing John Abraham

7/25/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The Arizona Cardinals defense was a nice surprise last season, ranking 12th in yards allowed. Though they did rank 11th in the NFL in sacks, the Cardinals were still set to enter 2013 without a formidable individual pass rusher, especially considering the suspension of 2012 sack leader Daryl Washington.
 
November 25, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA;Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham (55) gets ready to rush against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsThe Cardinals addressed their pass rushing needs on Thursday by signing defensive end John Abraham to a two-year deal.

The 35-year-old Abraham is the league's active career leader in sacks with 122.0 through his 13 professional seasons. The Cardinals will be Abraham's third NFL team, as he was drafted by the New York Jets in 2000, then went over to the Atlanta Falcons for the past seven seasons.

Though he had an injury-prone start to his career, Abraham has missed only two games over the past six seasons. He has still been productive as of late despite his age, registering 32.5 sacks over his past three campaigns (had 10.0 in 2012).

Abraham was greeted by a surprisingly cold market after being released by the Falcons for salary cap reasons. He visited a number of teams, but first began talks with the Cardinals on Wednesday and promptly agreed to a deal.

Due to his age, Abraham's snaps may be somewhat limited, but he is probably the best edge rusher on the Cardinals' roster at the moment and will be on the field on all key passing downs. He's certainly a nice get for Arizona, especially this late in the offseason.
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