The Atlanta Falcons recent release of defensive end John Abraham has many fans of the Seattle Seahawks intrigued at the thought of adding a legitimate pass rusher like him to an already statistically stout defense. As any Seahawks fan can tell you, the biggest area of the team that needs improvement is its pass rush.
Abraham is coming off a 10 sack campaign in Atlanta and it is obvious that he still has significant pass rushing skills even at 35-years of age. If the Seahawks consider adding Abraham to their team, which I believe they should, it won’t be the first time the team has pursued him.
The Seahawks had a deal in place to acquire Abraham from the New York Jets in 2006 for their first-round draft pick. However, Atlanta had interest in Abraham and he had more interest in them so he could stay close to home. Abraham grew up and played college ball in nearby South Carolina. Atlanta was able to trade up and offer a better late first-round pick than the Seahawks had and Abraham accepted less money to stay near familiar surroundings.
Instead of securing the rights to a premier pass rusher, the Seahawks were left with their pick and selected cornerback Kelly Jennings. Jennings never played at an acceptable level for the Seahawks.
Fast forward back to the future and things are different this time around. Atlanta has cut Abraham and he is now looking for employment. The Seahawks seem like an obvious fit, unless he feels the thought of playing in Southern Alaska is too far from his home.
Bob writes about the Seattle Seahawks for rantsports.com.