I know I've spent a lot of time on John Abraham of late. Part of this is simple fondness for the man, one of the best Falcons of his era and the nasty defensive end who put the Falcons' pass rush on his back. I thought the Falcons were right to cut ties at $4.5 million, but I'd be lying if I said the thought of bringing him back on a lesser contract to be a rotational pass rusher didn't appeal to me.
Abe put up a couple of interesting Tweets today, indicating that he'd like to return but the Falcons certainly hvaen't got anything in place with him:
I really planned on retiring a falcon I loved and still do love this place so plz stop asking me to come back I signed a 3yr bs deal jus so— John Abraham(Mr.100) (@johnabraham55) April 7, 2013
I cud finish my career here I played 1yr hs, 6yr nyj, 7yrs atl my heart is here but god works in strange ways so im riding his wave— John Abraham(Mr.100) (@johnabraham55) April 7, 2013
A reunion looks more and more likely as time passes. The Falcons don't need Abe to be a full-time starter any more, with Osi Umenyiora on board, and Abe still clearly would love to play in Atlanta. I'm sure he'll be able to latch on with a half-dozen other teams, but I get the sense that he's figuring out exactly what he wants to do. If he's going to sign anywhere, I'm willing to bet it will be after the draft.
What say you?