The New England Patriots are still being linked to John Abraham, and there is still the possibility that the Pats add the high-impact, veteran pass rusher. Sources close to Mike Loyko stated that the move is “likely”, but I’m not sure what to think these days regarding Abraham. What we do know, however, is that Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Tennessee Titans will host John Abraham on a two-day free agent visit for today and tomorrow.
This is the first bit of relatively concrete news that we have heard on John Abraham for a while, and the move made by the Titans to work out John Abraham is definitely an interesting one. In my opinion, Abraham is going to be out of a job for as long as he wants, because he can hold out on teams as much as he wants in order to add a favorable deal. He can choose when to sign with a team, but Abraham’s asking price has been deemed too high by several teams (the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots likely balked at his asking price earlier) so he will have to tone things done.
The news that the Titans are working out Abraham is definitely not good news for Patriots fans, because it means that the Patriots will have a key competitor for Abraham’s services. We don’t even know if the Patriots are still interested in signing Abraham after drafting both Jamie Collins and Michael Buchanan, but they really should be interested in adding a player who is still a great defensive end and showed it over the past few years with the Atlanta Falcons. He may be old, but he is still a talented player.
We’ll see how quickly things move forward for the Titans and Abraham, and we’ll see either how badly the Titans want to sign Abraham or how badly Abraham wants to get signed. That all depends on Abraham’s demands, and we’ll see if the Titans decide to give John Abraham a formal contract offer during (or immediately after) his visit to Tennessee.
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