On Saturday night John Abraham, former defensive end of the Atlanta Falcons tweeted on his personal Twitter Account, “Retiring 13” and “Done”. To those that follow, this may have pointed signs toward the end of his career and retirement ensuing but sources close to him said that the tweets had little to do with nothing and other reports had Abraham close to a deal with the Titans. Sighting Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Mike Garafolo of USA Today said that the Falcons despite cutting Abraham remained in conversation to possibly bring him back, however he has told the club he will not be returning.
This brings about an interesting dynamic. If you look at the draft for the Atlanta Falcons, they looked to improve the defense, especially secondary and pass rush. I believe the team thinks highly enough of Jonathan Massaquoi and Cliff Matthews along with having the veteran presence of newly signed Osi Umenyiora to solidify the defensive end/outside linebacker group. I still believe it would have been nice to bring back the most productive defensive end in franchise history but with General Manager Thomas Dimitroff’s New England pedigree, they are not going to keep a veteran too long at the wrong price. But do not be surprised by who they may bring in later to solidify the defense. With the release of Tyson Clabo, that $4.5 million in base salary coming back after June 1st will give the “Dirty Birds” some relief. Besides signing their free agents, college free agents, and draft picks, the Falcons should have enough room to bolster the roster with a proven veteran or two. It is too bad that “Abe” and the Falcons could not come to an agreement whether it because of pride, bad feelings, or both, but it seems that both sides have and will move forward.
Walker is a Producer and the Atlanta Falcons Blogger for 92.9 The Game and can be followed on Twitter @coachjdub21 or reached by email at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com.