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New York Giants Named as “Perfect Landing Spot” for Former Falcons DE John Abraham

May 29th, 2013 at 6:45 AM
By Douglas Rush

Heading into the month of June, veteran defensive end John Abraham is still sitting out on the open market as a free agent. So far this offseason, the 35-year-old pass rusher has visited with the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks, but has left every single meeting without a deal.

Abraham's old employer, the Atlanta Falcons, replaced him with former New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora, whom was pried away with a two-year deal. This, of course, signaled the end of Abraham's seven-year tenure with the franchise.

During Sirius XM Radio spot on Tuesday, Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports discussed Abraham's free agent situation and suggested the New York Giants were the perfect landing spot for the veteran.

Currently, the Giants have Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul pegged as the starters with Mathias Kiwanuka rotating in as a backup and will likely play the "joker" role in 2013. The team also drafted Texas A&M's Damontre Moore in the third round, who could see some key playing time in his rookie season.

Unless Abraham drops his demands significantly between now and the beginning of the season, the Giants just don't make sense as a potential landing spot for him. For starters, the Giants have approximately $3.31 million left in cap space and still have to sign draftees Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib to their rookie contracts. Also, if the Giants really wanted to sign a veteran pass rusher that was looking for decent money, they could have either just re-signed Umenyiora or signed former Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney, who wanted to play for the Giants, but ended up getting more money to sign with the San Diego Chargers.

The Broncos made sense for Abraham, who wanted him as a situational pass rusher, but Abraham reportedly wants to be "playing 60 percent" of the snaps on the field, and with the Giants, that may not be the case. If the Giants were to have interest, Abraham's role would be similar to what Denver would have been looking for.

In 2012, Abraham did have a productive season in Atlanta, notching 10 sacks with seven pass deflections and six forced fumbles in 16 games and isn't showing any major signs of slowing down. But again, the Giants have more pressing issues to tackle before the start of training camp and unless Abraham came to the Giants willing to take a major discount to play for a one-year deal, then him landing with Big Blue likely isn't happening for 2013.

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Tags: Dwight Freeney, Football, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Abraham, Justin Tuck, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Osi Umenyiora

14 Responses to “New York Giants Named as “Perfect Landing Spot” for Former Falcons DE John Abraham”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    only a talking head who knows nothing about the giants could suggest such a move

  2.  GIANTT says:

    Good morning Jim , up early I see ! The Giants dont have the cap room or the need at this point . Even at vet minimum , I d rather see the Giants give playing time to the younger guys .
    Btw , for my edification , what do the Giants need to sign Pugh and Nassib and is it already factored in or is it part of the space the Giants still have ?

  3.  giantsou812 says:

    We already have an old, injured and washed up DE in tuck we dont need another one. Get rid of the nascar package tuck will be healthier.

  4.  giankees says:

    He is way worth the vet min. But I believe he wants way more than that or else he would have signed by now. I would rather sign a db and a rb.

    •  JimStoll says:

      doesn’t matter because it will never happen
      GIANTT — don’t know the answer to your question but aside from Nassib and Pugh there is still Cruz

      my question is how much, if any, cap room is retrieved once players are cut over the sumer
      for example, right now we have 16 defensive lineman on the roster — we will likely carry 11, maybe 10 — does the pro-rated portion of their unpaid salaries get added back to cap availability?

  5.  JimStoll says:

    it’s good to be the coach’s son-in-law; while Diehl took a haircut from $4.5M to $1M, and only for this year; Snee maintains his $6.7M salary this year, and $6.95M next
    With Webster and Diehl having renegotiated, Snee is by far the most overpaid player on the team
    next year he’ll be joined by Baas whose salary is slated to jump from $1.25M to $4.75M

  6.  Doug says:

    Can you guys please stop referring to this “joker” role on the Giants defense!

    No one on this site ever used that term until is was discussed in regards to Damontre Moore’s role in his defense at Texas A&M where it was part of their defensive scheme. It is not part of what Perry Fewell does and is not a generic term for a player that can play either LB in a 3-4 or DE in a 4-3. Much appreciated!

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