Pro Football Focus released their 2008-2010 4-3 DE grades yesterday. Abe was third, behind Philly's Cole and and Indy's Freeney. Here's what they had to say about him:
Maybe it was the 2009 where Abraham’s sack count fell off dramatically, but you get the sense Abraham is a little undervalued by some despite what he brings to the table. If you saw our Pass Rushing Productivity article that applied numbers from the last three years, you’ll see no-one has been more consistent at generating pressure. What’s more, for all the talk, he’s really not that bad a run defender. He’s not great by any stretch, but he’s not the type who sells out to get to the pass rusher at all cost. Cagy veteran who poses immense problems for offenses.
I think their rankings are - more or less - spot on. Can't really argue with the methodology. But I'll be honest, I'm not sure how Abe's future with the Falcons will shake out.
He'll be 34 when the 2012 season starts. Plus - assuming there is a season - this is the last year of his current contract. Undoubtedly he's got twoish solid seasons left in his tank, but Abe's best interests - solidifying his financial future - may not jive with those of the franchise. And for serious, it'd be uber regrettable to let him walk if the price is anywhere-close-to-right.
Here's where you come in. If you were TD, how would you approach this conundrum? Sign him before the end of the season? After the season? What's he worth at this point in his career?
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